Perth Lynx

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Perth Lynx
Perth Lynx logo
LeaguesWNBL
Founded1988; 35 years ago (1988)
HistoryPerth Breakers
1988–2001
Perth Lynx
2001–2010; 2015–present
West Coast Waves
2010–2015
ArenaBendat Basketball Centre
Capacity2,000
LocationPerth, Western Australia
Team colorsRed and black
   
Main sponsorNorthern Star Resources
CEORob Clement
Head coachRyan Petrik
Team captainSami Whitcomb
OwnershipBasketball Western Australia
Championships1 (1992)
Websitewnbl.basketball/perth/

The Perth Lynx are an Australian professional basketball team based in Perth, Western Australia. The Lynx compete in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) and play their home games at Bendat Basketball Centre. For sponsorship reasons, they are known as the Northern Star Resources Perth Lynx.

The Lynx were established in 1988 as the Perth Breakers. After being owned and operated by Basketball Western Australia from 2001 to 2015, the Perth Wildcats took over ownership and operation of the team for a period of five years. In 2020, the license was transferred back to Basketball Western Australia. The Lynx have reached four WNBL Grand Finals, winning their only championship in 1992.

History[edit]

Perth Breakers[edit]

The franchise debuted in the WNBL in 1988 as the Perth Breakers. After withdrawing midway through their second season in 1989,[1][2] the Breakers returned to action in 1990. The team appeared in the WNBL finals every year between 1991 and 2000 except 1997, winning a championship in 1992 under coach Tom Maher. They also reached grand finals in 1993 and 1999.[3]

Basketball WA's first ownership stint[edit]

In 2001, the franchise came under the ownership of Basketball Western Australia. The team was subsequently rebranded as the Perth Lynx. In 2010, another rebrand saw the team become the West Coast Waves.[4] In 14 seasons under Basketball WA, the team failed to make a finals appearance.[3]

Perth Wildcats management[edit]

In April 2015, the team's license was purchased by the Perth Wildcats and their chairman and owner Jack Bendat. The Wildcats subsequently brought back the Perth Lynx brand name.[4][5][6] In the 2015–16 season, the Lynx qualified for the finals for the first time since 2000.[7] They went on to reach the grand final, their first since 1999,[8] where they lost 2–0 to the Townsville Fire.[9][10]

In the 2017–18 season, the Lynx won 14 consecutive games throughout the season and finished on top of the ladder, before losing four matches in a row after enduring seven flights in eight days. They lost to Canberra and Townsville in the final weekend of the regular season and were then swept 2–0 by fourth-placed Melbourne in the semi-finals.[11][12]

In March 2018, the licence agreement with the Wildcats was extended.[13]

Basketball WA's second ownership stint[edit]

In March 2020, the Perth Lynx's WNBL licence was transferred back to Basketball WA.[14][15]

In the 2021–22 season, the Lynx finished in second place with an 11–5 record and reached the grand final,[16][17][18][19] where they lost the series 2–1 to the Melbourne Boomers despite winning game one in Melbourne.[20]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Standings Regular season Finals Head coach
W L PCT
Perth Breakers
1988 9th 6 16 27 Did not qualify Dave Hancock
1989 Withdrew midseason[1][2] Dave Hancock
1990 8th 10 14 42 Did not qualify Don Sheppard
1991 3rd 15 7 68 Won Semi-final (North Adelaide, 82–72)
Lost Preliminary Final (Hobart, 74–61)
Don Sheppard
1992 1st 17 3 85 Won Semi-final (Melbourne, 54–52)
Won Grand Final (Dandenong, 58–54)
Tom Maher
1993 3rd 12 6 67 Won Semi-final (Dandenong, 83–68)
Won Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 68–66)
Lost Grand Final (Sydney, 65–64)
Guy Molloy
1994 4th 12 6 67 Won Semi-final (Sydney, 62–58)
Lost Preliminary Final (Melbourne, 74–64)
Guy Molloy
1995 4th 12 6 67 Lost Semi-final (Melbourne, 60–39) Guy Molloy
1996 4th 11 7 61 Won Qualifying Final (Brisbane, 95–62)
Won Semi-final (Bulleen, 75–58)
Lost Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 87–55)
Guy Molloy
1997 8th 5 13 28 Did not qualify Murray Treseder
1998 3rd 8 4 67 Lost Semi-final (AIS, 84–70) Murray Treseder
1998–99 2nd 14 7 67 Lost Semi-final (AIS, 81–62)
Won Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 67–46)
Lost Grand Final (AIS, 88–79)
Murray Treseder
1999–00 4th 11 10 52 Lost Semi-final (Bulleen, 61–60) Murray Treseder
2000–01 7th 4 17 19 Did not qualify James Crawford
Perth Lynx
2001–02 7th 4 17 19 Did not qualify Rick Morcom
2002–03 7th 6 15 29 Did not qualify Rick Morcom
2003–04 8th 0 21 0 Did not qualify Murray Treseder
2004–05 8th 1 20 5 Did not qualify Craig Friday
2005–06 7th 4 17 20 Did not qualify Paul O'Brien
2006–07 7th 3 18 14 Did not qualify Paul O'Brien
2007–08 10th 5 19 21 Did not qualify Joe McKay
2008–09 9th 4 18 18 Did not qualify Joe McKay
2009–10 9th 2 20 9 Did not qualify Joe McKay / Vlad Alava
West Coast Waves
2010–11 8th 8 14 36 Did not qualify David Herbert
2011–12 9th 2 20 9 Did not qualify David Herbert
2012–13 9th 4 20 17 Did not qualify Kennedy Kereama
2013–14 9th 1 23 4 Did not qualify Kennedy Kereama
2014–15 8th 4 18 18 Did not qualify Kennedy Kereama
Perth Lynx
2015–16 2nd 16 8 67 Won Semi-final (Townsville, 91–72)
Lost Grand Final (Townsville, 0–2)
Andy Stewart
2016–17 3rd 15 9 62 Lost Semi-final (Dandenong, 1–2) Andy Stewart
2017–18 1st 15 6 71 Lost Semi-final (Melbourne, 0–2) Andy Stewart
2018–19 4th 13 8 62 Lost Semi-final (Canberra, 0–2) Andy Stewart
2019–20 5th 8 13 38 Did not qualify Andy Stewart
2020 7th 4 9 31 Did not qualify Ryan Petrik
2021–22 2nd 11 5 68 Won Semi-final (Canberra, 91–77)
Lost Grand Final (Melbourne, 1–2)
Ryan Petrik
Regular season 257 432 37.3 2 Minor Premierships
Finals 13 19 40.6 1 WNBL Championship

Source: Year By Year

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Perth Lynx roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht.
G 6 Australia Forster, Chloe (DP) 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
G/F 7 Australia Kelley, Desiree (DP) 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
G 9 Australia Sharp, Alexandra 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
C 10 Australia Edwards, Jessie 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
F/C 11 Australia Scherf, Lauren (VC) 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
F 12 Australia Clinch Hoycard, Mackenzie 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
F 15 Australia Vlahov, Ruby (DP) 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
G 21 United States Ryan, Robbi (I) 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
G 22 Australia Burrows, Tayah 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
G 25 Australia Atwell, Amy 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
G 31 Australia Gandini, Emma 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
G 32 Australia Whitcomb, Sami (C) 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
F 55 Australia Bibby, Chloe 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Updated: 10 October 2022

Notable former players[edit]

Honour roll[edit]

The Lynx's retired numbers and championship banner, on display at Bendat Basketball Centre in January 2018
WNBL Championships: 1 (1992)
WNBL Finals appearances: 13 (1991–96, 1998–2000, 2016–2019)
WNBL Grand Final appearances: 4 (1992, 1993, 1999, 2016)
WNBL Grand Final MVPs: Tanya Fisher (1992)
WNBL All-Star Five: Michele Timms (1991, 1992, 1994), Gina Stevens (1996, 1999), Deanna Smith (2006, 2009), Carly Wilson (2007), Sami Whitcomb (2016, 2017, 2018), Courtney Williams (2018), Asia Taylor (2019)
WNBL Coach of the Year: Tom Maher (1992), Guy Molloy (1995), Andy Stewart (2016, 2018)
WNBL Defensive Player of the Year: Robyn Maher (1992), Tully Bevilaqua (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000)
WNBL Top Shooter: Gina Stevens (1996), Deanna Smith (2006), Sami Whitcomb (2017), Asia Taylor (2019)
Retired numbers: 4 – Tina Christie, 13 – Melissa McClure, 14 – Melissa Marsh, 41 – Tully Bevilaqua

Source: Perth Lynx Achievements

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FLASHBACK 119: April 30, 1989 & May 1, 1987". botinagy.com. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b "2014–15 WNBL Media Guide" (PDF). wnbl.com.au. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "YEAR BY YEAR". wnbl.basketball/perth. Archived from the original on 25 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Perth Wildcats purchase WNBL license". NBL.com.au. 16 April 2015. Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Introducing the Perth Lynx". Wildcats.com.au. 16 April 2015. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  6. ^ Rynne, Nick (16 April 2015). "Wildcats creating waves with Lynx". Yahoo.com. The West Australian. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  7. ^ Robinson, Chris (27 February 2016). "Perth Lynx coach Andy Stewart confident his side can match it with ladder-leading Townsville Fire". PerthNow.com. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  8. ^ "LYNX SMASH FIRE, QUALIFY FOR GRAND FINAL". PerthLynx.com. 28 February 2016. Archived from the original on 28 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  9. ^ "LYNX DEFEATED BY TOWNSVILLE IN GRAND FINAL GAME 1". PerthLynx.com. 12 March 2016. Archived from the original on 17 April 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Perth Lynx defeated in WNBL Grand Final". PerthLynx.com. 18 March 2016. Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  11. ^ "CLINICAL LYNX CLINCH FIRST PLACE". PerthLynx.com. 23 December 2017. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  12. ^ O'Donoghue, Craig (6 January 2018). "Perth Lynx call for WNBL change after semifinal heartbreak against the Melbourne Boomers". TheWest.com.au. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  13. ^ O'Donoghue, Craig (7 March 2018). "Jack Bendat keen on helping Perth Lynx break WNBL title drought after extending the club's licence". TheWest.com.au. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  14. ^ "PERTH LYNX TO ENTER NEXT PHASE OF GROWTH". wnbl.basketball/perth. 12 March 2020. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020.
  15. ^ "MEDIA RELEASE – PERTH LYNX". basketballwa.asn.au. 12 March 2020. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020.
  16. ^ "LYNX PREVAIL TO MOVE TO WITHIN ONE WIN OF GRAND FINAL". wnbl.basketball/perth. 25 March 2022. Archived from the original on 25 March 2022. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  17. ^ "CANBERRA AND PERTH GAME POSTPONED". wnbl.basketball/perth. 27 March 2022. Archived from the original on 27 March 2022. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  18. ^ "PERTH THROUGH TO WNBL GRAND FINAL". wnbl.basketball. 29 March 2022. Archived from the original on 29 March 2022. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  19. ^ "THE PERTH LYNX JOURNEY TO 2022 WNBL GRAND FINAL". wnbl.basketball/perth. 1 April 2022. Archived from the original on 1 April 2022. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  20. ^ "LYNX GIVE IT ALL BUT BOOMERS WIN WNBL CHAMPIONSHIP". wnbl.basketball/perth. 9 April 2022. Archived from the original on 11 April 2022. Retrieved 11 April 2022.

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