Adelaide Lightning

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Adelaide Lightning
Adelaide Lightning logo
Leagues Women's National Basketball League
Founded 1993
History Adelaide Lightning
1993–present
Arena Adelaide Arena
Findon, South Australia
Australia
Arena Capacity 8,000
Team colors      Red
     Yellow
     Blue
     White
Head coach Tracy York
Championships 5 (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.

History[edit]

The Adelaide Lightning were formed in 1993 and 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.

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. Other Opals to have played with the Lightning include Jenny Whittle, Carla Boyd, Jo Hill, Kristi Harrower, Erin Phillips, Marina Moffa, Tracey Beatty and Suzy Batkovic-Brown.

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 easily the largest current venue in the WNBL (the Arena seats some 2,800 more than the AIS Arena in Canberra, while most other WNBL venues can seat around 2,000 - 2,500).

Current roster[edit]

Adelaide Lightning roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
G 4 Australia Lewis, Amy 70001770000000000001.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
F 6 Australia Harrington, Kerryn
G 7 Australia Good, Jessica 70001850000000000001.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
F 8 Australia Langford, Emma 70001870000000000001.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
F/C 9 Australia Mijovic, Carley 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
F 10 Australia Hodges, Laura 70001880000000000001.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
G 11 New Zealand Marino, Angela 70001660000000000001.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
C 13 Australia Bunton, Alex 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
15 Australia Richards, Hannah
G 21 Australia Faris, Kelly 70001800000000000001.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
G 24 Australia Foley, Jess 70001820000000000001.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
32 Australia Scheer, Kathleen 70001870000000000001.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Head coach
  • Australia Jeremi Moule
Assistant coach(es)
  • Australia Simon Pritchard
  • Australia Tracy York
General manager
  • Australia Dean Parker

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

Roster
Updated: 11 January 2015

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