Red Dust Heelers ready for WNWBL debut

Clare Nott runs drills with Lily Poulter and Tahlia Hagart.
Clare Nott runs drills with Lily Poulter and Tahlia Hagart.

THE newest team to join the Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League has geared up for this weekend’s season opener with a training run at Wally Hagan Stadium.

The Red Dust Heelers have four matches in round one, which will be held at the Bendat Basketball Centre in Floreat.

Heeler and Australian international Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy said the competition was an incredible opportunity for the club.

“It’s really exciting to have a standalone women’s team,” she said. “It presents a better pathway for women in wheelchair basketball.

“We go on about equality and everyone having the same opportunities, but we need to practice what we preach, which is what this team is about.”

The team is coached by five-time Paralympian and Rio flag bearer Brad Ness.

On court, the side will be led by two-time Paralympian Clare Nott, O’Kelly-Kennedy and the competition’s leader in assists in 2016 Georgia Inglis, combined with a host of youngsters new to the league.

Red Dust Heelers’ Round 1 matches at the Bendat Basketball Centre

Friday 8pm: Western Stars V Red Dust Heelers

Saturday 12pm: Red Dust Heelers V Sydney Uni Flames

Sunday 8am: Red Dust Heelers V Kilsyth Cobras

Sunday 12pm: Sydney Metro Blues V Red Dust Heelers