Liz Cambage signs with Southside Flyers, returns to WNBL
Cambage was happy to return to Dandenong Stadium where she played her junior basketball and to link up with several long-time teammates like senior Flyers stars Jenna O’Hea and Rebecca Cole.
Playing at home will also allow her to keep close with many of the Australian Opals as the team prepares for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
“I am really looking forward to playing for the Flyers in the WNBL this season. I know they had a great first year and I am keen to help the team go one better and win the championship,” Cambage said.
“It will be great playing with a number of Opals teammates and of course our coach, Cheryl Chambers, who is an assistant coach with the Opals. Flyers captain Jenna O’Hea is one of my favourites, she is also the Opals captain, she is like my captain on and off the court.”
Cambage is expected to link up with some of the Flyers for approved training sessions under strict COVID-19 protocols this week. Official pre-season training begins in September.
Chambers said Cambage gave the side an elite performer as they look to go one better after losing to Canberra Capitals in last season’s grand final.
“Liz is a superstar of women’s basketball and we know what she will bring to the team on the court which is really exciting for us,” Chambers said.
“She has a great attitude and will be great for the team, not only on the court, but also off the court and in the community. Her profile will be great for the Flyers and the WNBL.”
Cambage will be coming in fired up to play after being excused from the current WNBA season on a medical exception due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While the coronavirus interrupted my WNBA career, it has given me the opportunity to play in Australia,” Cambage said.
“I have always enjoyed playing in the WNBL, it is one of the best competitions in the world and I hope to see more supporters get behind the Flyers this season.”
She extended her thanks to Gerry Ryan, the founder and owner of Jayco Australia, who last year took over the WNBL licence for Dandenong.
“I want to thank Gerry Ryan, not just for giving me the opportunity to play in Australia for the Flyers but for the incredible support he continues to provide women’s sport and of course women’s basketball. He has been a great supporter for many years,” she said.
Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.