Jets Women Sign NZ Tall Fern


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The Sunbury Jets women’s program is pleased to announce its first signing of the 2016 season with the addition of WNBL and New Zealand Tall Fern, Jess Bygate.

Jess has most recently played for New Zealand at the 2015 Oceania Olympic qualifiers against the Australian Opals and has a great deal of basketball experience across various leagues in Australia, New Zealand and the US college system. She is expected to arrive to the Sunbury program ready to play after completing her first season in the WNBL for Adelaide Lightning.

“I am very delighted to have Jess involved with the team and club, she will play a vital role with the women’s team this season. Jess has a brilliant work ethic, is a skilled rebounder, defender and has a solid balance of perimeter and post skills. I think having a WNBL player and potential Olympian join our program is a huge boost for the club and community” said Jets Coach Kennedy Kereama.

At an imposing 6’2 tall, Jess is the first forward/center signing and will provide a strong interior presence for the women’s side this season.

When asked about her signing with the Sunbury Women’s side the New Zealand international said “When your National Coach asks if you want to play for him it’s a no brainer really. It’s a perfect opportunity to develop and grow as a player and I certainly want to help Kennedy, the team and the club take this program to the next level. I am looking forward to getting around the junior Jets program and getting our season underway.

This is the first piece of the puzzle for the Women’s program and Coach Kennedy Kereama is expecting to make many more announcements over the next couple of weeks. Jess’s signing also accompanies local retained players from last year’s squad in Leanne Urbon, Kayla Theodore, Gen McCorkell, Sophie O’Brien, Sarah Lampard, Naomi Stevens and Alex Darby with Tess Phelan from Keilor also joing the team.

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Jets Women Sign US College National Champion

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The Sunbury Jets Basketball Association is pleased to announce the signing of guard Emma Mahady from Albury/Wodonga for the 2016 Big V season. 

Emma has spent the last four years at California University of Pennsylvania, where she recently helped her NCAA DII team win a National Championship, posting 19pts, 4 rebounds and two steals. Emma has also played QBL recently with the Bundaberg Bears and prior to college played under Coach Kennedy Kereama in the SEABL with the Lady Bandits. 

“I am really pleased to have secured a player of Emma’s talents this season. Emma is a young up and coming player that has WNBL potential. She has represented NSW at age group state level, played QBL, SEABL and at the US college level. Her work ethic and tenacity makes her a great competitor and also a great defender, slasher, scorer and rebounder. Her versatility on both ends of the floor will be a great asset to our program.” said Jets Head Coach Kennedy Kereama. 

Emma said “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to play for Sunbury this season and take on the challenges of the Big V. I’m also excited about the chance to play for Coach Kennedy again. He is a really great coach who has taught me so much in the past, so I am eager to learn more and develop as a player”

Emma joins Jess Bygate as the clubs second major signing in a week for the 2016 Jets Big V women’s team with a number of signings to be announced shortly. 

The Jets are well in to their pre-season training and will be playing practice games in the coming weeks.

For all enquires please contact: 

Andrew Summerville: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9744 4762

Junior Development Officer Announced

The Sunbury Basketball Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Tighe as Junior Development Officer. 

After a thorough National search which saw over 35 applicants apply, the hiring committee and board of management are thrilled that someone with such a broad range of highly beneficial skills and experience will be fulfilling this role.

Chris comes to Sunbury from Townsville, QLD where he has worked in various roles at all levels of the sport. Chris has been a full time Basketball Services Manager at the Townsville Basketball Association.

He has worked in player development and as a strength and conditioning coach with the Townsville Crocodiles in the NBL and in a similar role with the reigning WNBL champions the Townsville Fire. Chris played a significant role in the High Performance programs for both the Crocs and Fire. 

Chris Tighe

Chris has been the Aussie Hoops Coordinator for Townsville Basketball as well as coaching junior domestic and representative teams. He is an accredited Australian Sports Commission coach and worked in schools and various development programs in Townsville. He has worked closely with WNBL players and was recently invited to work with the Queensland North State team before accepting this role in Sunbury.

“I am very excited to have Chris join the SBA. He ticks a lot of boxes for us across a broad range of areas that will prove to be extremely valuable to our junior development programs. He is a great individual development coach, high performance strength and conditioning coach and has experience running junior development programs like Aussie Hoops. His elite experience in the NBL and WNBL will also benefit our players and coaches. He is not just a coach; he is an administrator, expert in injury management and rehabilitation and will design and implement the new U/8 and U/10 development program” said SBA Basketball Operations Manager Andrew Summerville. 

Aside from his basketball coaching and development experience Chris also possesses a wealth of experience and qualifications off the court. He holds a bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science as well as business, information technology, fitness and sports trainer qualifications.

Chris also spent 6 years serving in the Australian Defence Force as a Corporal in communications.

Chris added “I am looking forward to the opportunity to develop basketball at the grass roots level. I believe that basketball in Sunbury is going ahead in leaps and bounds. I hope that we, as a basketball community, can develop some future stars that will be proud to come from the Sunbury Basketball Association”.

Chris starts his official duties at the SBA this week and will begin rolling out information about the new development program in the near future.


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