Southside Flyers

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Coordinates: 37°57′51.4″S 145°13′36.4″E / 37.964278°S 145.226778°E / -37.964278; 145.226778

Southside Flyers
Southside Flyers logo
LeaguesWNBL
Founded1992
History
  • Dandenong Rangers
    1992–2019
  • Southside Flyers
    2019–present
ArenaDandenong Stadium
LocationDandenong, Victoria
Team colorsAqua, Navy, White
Main sponsorJayco
Head coachCheryl Chambers
Championships3 (2004, 2005, 2012)

The Southside Flyers are a professional women's basketball team competing in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL). The club is based in Dandenong, Melbourne, Victoria. The team was founded as the Dandenong Rangers, however before the 2019–20 WNBL season began the team was rebranded to the Southside Flyers, adopting a new logo, colour scheme and nickname.

Historically, they have been one of the more successful franchises in league history, regularly making the playoffs, but have struggled over the past 2 years to make the grand final, falling short in the preliminary final stage. They are strong rivals with the cross-town Melbourne Boomers. The franchise has been home to notable players such as Penny Taylor, Jessica Bibby, Emily McInerny, Jacinta Hamilton, Jenna O'Hea and Kathleen MacLeod.

History[edit]

Historically one of the better teams in the league, the Rangers have appeared in the Grand Final five times: winning in 2003–04 against the Sydney Uni Flames 65–53, 2004–05 also against the Flames 52–47 and 2011/12 against the Bulleen Boomers 94–70. They lost the 1992 Grand Final against the Perth Breakers 58–54 and in 2005–06 against the Canberra Capitals 68–55.

On 31 July 2019, it was announced the Rangers would undergo an entire rebrand to become Southside Flyers for the 2019–20 WNBL season.[1] The Flyers will replace the classic bottle green and gold identity of the Rangers, with a colour scheme of aqua, navy blue, cyan blue and white expected to feature.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Standings Regular season Finals Head coach
W L PCT
Dandenong Rangers
1992 3rd 14 6 70.0 Won Semi Final (Canberra, 67–65)
Won Preliminary Final (Melbourne, 67–57)
Lost Grand Final (Perth, 54–58)
Alex Palazzolo
1993 4th 10 8 55.5 Lost Semi Final (Perth, 68–83) Alex Palazzolo
1994 5th 10 8 55.5 Did not qualify Alex Palazzolo
1995 8th 4 14 22.2 Did not qualify Alex Palazzolo
1996 6th 9 9 50.0 Did not qualify Steve Barr
1997 4th 9 9 50.0 Lost Qualifying Final (AIS, 66–76) Steve Barr
1998 6th 7 5 58.3 Did not qualify Steve Barr
1998–99 7th 6 15 28.5 Did not qualify Mark Wright
1999–00 5th 11 10 52.3 Did not qualify Mark Wright
2000–01 4th 15 6 71.4 Won Semi Final (Adelaide, 83–71)
Lost Preliminary Final (Sydney, 72–78)
Mark Wright
2001–02 3rd 15 6 71.4 Lost Semi Final (Sydney, 85–98) Mark Wright
2002–03 5th 11 10 52.3 Did not qualify Gary Fox
2003–04 1st 17 4 80.9 Won Semi Final (Sydney, 85–68)
Won Grand Final (Sydney, 63–53)
Gary Fox
2004–05 1st 19 2 90.4 Won Semi Final (Bulleen, 63–59)
Won Grand Final (Sydney, 52–47)
Gary Fox
2005–06 1st 14 7 66.6 Won Semi Final (Adelaide, 75–70)
Lost Grand Final (Canberra, 55–68)
Gary Fox
2006–07 4th 12 9 57.1 Lost Semi Final (Adelaide, 61–66) Gary Fox
2007–08 4th 12 12 50.0 Won Semi Final (Canberra, 60–54)
Lost Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 64–74)
Dale Waters
2008–09 7th 7 15 31.8 Did not qualify Dale Waters
2009–10 7th 7 15 31.8 Did not qualify Dale Waters / Dean Kinsman
2010–11 4th 12 10 54.5 Lost Elimination Final (Logan, 73–83) Mark Wright
2011–12 3rd 14 8 63.4 Won Semi Final (Townsville, 77–66)
Won Preliminary Final (Adelaide, 91–78)
Won Grand Final (Bulleen, 94–70)
Mark Wright
2012–13 2nd 19 5 79.2 Lost Semi Final (Bendigo, 71–78)
Lost Preliminary Final (Townsville, 64–78)
Mark Wright
2013–14 2nd 16 8 66.6 Lost Semi Final (Bendigo, 62–71)
Lost Preliminary Final (Townsville, 71–74)
Mark Wright
2014–15 3rd 12 10 54.5 Lost Semi Final (Sydney, 80–89) Mark Wright
2015–16 3rd 15 9 62.5 Lost Semi Final (South East Queensland, 82–86) Larissa Anderson
2016–17 2nd 15 9 62.5 Won Semi Final (Perth, 2–1)
Lost Grand Final (Sydney, 0–2)
Larissa Anderson
2017–18 7th 7 14 33.3 Did not qualify Larissa Anderson
2018–19 5th 9 12 42.8 Did not qualify Larissa Anderson
Southside Flyers
2019–20 Cheryl Chambers
Regular season 328 255 56.2 3 Minor Premierships
Finals 14 18 43.7 3 WNBL Championships

Source: Dandenong Rangers

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

2019–20 Southside Flyers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht.
G 1 Australia Cole, Rebecca 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
C 2 Australia Tomlinson, Louella 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
G 3 Australia Clydesdale, Aimie 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
G/F 4 Australia O'Hea, Jenna (C) 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
G 5 Australia Mitchell, Leilani 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
F 8 Australia Pizzey, Rebecca 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
F 10 Australia Rowe, Kiera 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
G 12 Australia Reid, Stephanie 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
F 15 Australia Blicavs, Sara 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
C 21 United States Russell, Mercedes 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
G/F 24 Australia Maley, Anneli 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Updated: 11 October 2019

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SOUTHSIDE FLYERS – A NEW LOOK TEAM IN THE WNBL". wnbl.com.au.

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