Garbin set for a big year

Darcee Garbin in action.
Darcee Garbin in action.

Garbin returned from Lithuania this week with a bronze medal she won as part of the Australian team at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Women last weekend.

Australia beat Spain in the bronze medal match of the 16-team international competition.

In a few weeks, she starts her second year in the Women’s NBL with the West Coast Waves.

The promising young talent will play her third season in the elite national competition after her first season with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) squad in 2011-12 before making the Waves squad.

Garbin is also expected to return to the local court for the Flames’ finals series.

But Garbin has played only four games for the local club this season after spending time at the AIS preparing for the world championship.

She said it was an incredible experience to play against the top junior players in the world.

‘Getting bronze was an amazing way to finish off, considering the Australian under-19 women haven’t won a medal in 17 years,’ she said.

Garbin said she was hoping to continue to develop and maximise her time on court during her third year in the WNBL.

‘Training with someone like Nat Burton, who is in the Opals squad, will be great for my game; I can learn a lot from her,’ she said.