SBL: Joondalup Wolves triple celebration for Seb Salinas, Sherelle Knight and Greg Hire


Wolves milestone players Seb Salinas (main), Sherelle Knight and Greg Hire. Pictures: Serene Maisey
Wolves milestone players Seb Salinas (main), Sherelle Knight and Greg Hire. Pictures: Serene Maisey

IT’S a weekend of milestones for the Joondalup Wolves in the State Basketball League.

Men’s captain Seb Salinas adds another accolade to a distinguished SBL career when he plays his 350th game in the Wolves clash against the Mandurah Magic on Saturday night.

The 31-year-old began his career at the Stirling Senators in 2003 before joining the Wolves in 2010. Salinas flourished at Joondalup, winning a championship in 2011 and the league’s most improved player award the same year.

He then went on to captain last year’s title-winning season.

A scintillating 2014 campaign had him regularly dominating statistics to be named club MVP and shooting guard in the SBL’s All-Star five.

With Filipino heritage, his talents had him try out for the Philippines national side Gilas Pilapinas in 2009. But given the commitment needed to earn a spot on the roster, he opted to focus on completing his teaching degree, a decision he does not regret.

In the women’s contest on Saturday, Sherelle Knight notches up game 200 after signing to the Wolves in 2011 from Rockingham, where she played seven seasons.

On her arrival to the club, coach Craig Friday heralded the 180cm player as a “great athlete” with the versatility to play all positions on the floor.

Married to Perth Wildcats big man Matthew Knight, she missed the 2013 championship while pregnant with the couple’s first child.

With the Wolves currently on top of the ladder, she’ll be hoping to end this milestone season with a Joondalup title.

On Friday against the Willetton Tigers, Greg Hire reaches 150 games after his much-celebrated signing with the Perth Wildcats in 2012. Hire last played for the Wolves in 2012, returning this season to sharpen up ahead of the 2016-17 NBL season.

He captained Joondalup’s 2011 championship game with one of the best individual performances seen in an SBL grand final, notching up 31 points and 28 rebounds.