Adelaide Lightning

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Adelaide Lightning
Adelaide Lightning logo
Founded 1993
Arena Adelaide Arena (8,000)
Findon, South Australia
Team colours      Red
General manager Australia Dean Parker
Head coach New Zealand Richard Dickel
Ownership New Zealand Vince Marino
Championships 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2008

The Adelaide Lightning are an Australian professional women's basketball team competing in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL). The club is based in the city of Adelaide, South Australia. The club was formed in 1993 and they play in the 8,000-seat Adelaide Arena.

The Lightning have won the WNBL Championship five times (1994, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2008). The clubs captain during its glory years of the 1990s was three time Olympian, twice WNBL MVP and club games record holder (304) Rachael Sporn. Sporn is also the only lightning player to have her number (14) retired by the club, with her singlet hanging high on the north western wall of the Adelaide Arena alongside of the teams WNBL Championship banners. Other Opals to have played with the Lightning include Jenny Whittle, Carla Boyd, Jo Hill, Kristi Harrower, Erin Phillips, Marina Moffa and Suzy Batkovic-Brown.

When the Adelaide Lightning were formed in 1993 started playing out of the Clipsal Powerhouse. Since the early 2000s the team has tended to alternate between their current home at the Adelaide Arena (formerly the Powerhouse) and the Wayville Sports Centre located within the Adelaide Showgrounds.

As of the 2013–14 WNBL season, the Lightning and Adelaide's men's NBL team the Adelaide 36ers entered into a merger which saw the two teams share the same management team. This also saw the Lightning move their home games exclusively played at the Adelaide Arena where they would play a number of double headers with the 36ers, ensuring larger home attendances for the Lightning and raising the profile of the team. The return to the 8,000 seat Adelaide Arena gives the Lightning the largest current venue in the WNBL.

Current roster[edit]

Adelaide Lightning roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
G 5 Australia Talbot, Stephanie 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
G 6 Australia Lewis, Molly 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
F 7 Australia Hill, Jo (C) 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
F 9 Australia Screen, Jennifer 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
F 10 Australia Hodges, Laura 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
G 11 New Zealand Marino, Angela 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
G 12 Australia Lewis, Amy 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
C 13 United Kingdom Stewart, Azania (I) 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
G 15 Australia Ireland, Kelsey 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
F 20 Australia Bowley, Hannah 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
F 21 Australia Payne, Nadeen (DP) 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
G Australia Mansfield, Lauren (DP) 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Australia Simon Pritchard
  • Australia Tracy York
General manager
  • Australia Dean Parker

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 19 November 2011

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