THE Bendigo Lady Braves have made the first move to shore up their backcourt ahead of the 2018 South East Australian Basketball season.
But the team’s biggest move could be yet to come.
The club this week announced that guard Bianca Dufelmeier would return in 2018 to add to a host of signings including Bendigo Spirit players Nadeen Payne, Ash Karaitiana, Maddie Wild, Ahlise Hurst and Kara Tessari.
The team also signed Jessie Rennie, who recently underwent knee surgery.
Dufelmeier averaged eight points and three rebounds per game last season in close to 20 minutes of court time per game.
After signing with the program she has remained in Bendigo, and is now working for the Bendigo Stadium as its community engagement officer.
“I’m probably at that point in my career, not that I’m necessarily at the end, but that stage where I do need to start thinking about work as well as basketball and Bendigo has been a great fit,” she said.
“It has been so welcoming, so inviting since I first got here and been really good both on the court and off of it.
“Getting to that national final last season helped, but I’ve really enjoyed it away from basketball as well.”
Dufelmeier will play a role in a backcourt that offers plenty of talent, which could be bolstered by the likely return of Kelly Wilson.
Wilson is coming off a WNBL title with Townsville, after which she told Fox Sports she would “definitely” be playing SEABL.
She has recently returned to Bendigo to resume her job at Bendigo South East College for the start of the school year and is coming off a strong season both with the Fire and with Bendigo in SEABL last season.
While the club is yet to confirm her signature, Wilson would add a veteran presence to a young Lady Braves squad.
That squad offers plenty of excitement for those already within it, according to Dufelmeier.
“I think we really have an exciting group this season and I’m looking forward to playing under (coach Megan Moody),” she said.
“We look on paper like a run and gun team that will really be able to push the tempo, but then we can still throw it into the post and even post up our guards because at that position we are quite big.”
Meanwhile, some of the stars of tomorrow will be on display this weekend for the club in the Country Basketball league.
The Braves men’s and women’s CBL teams will both host semi-finals in the competition at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday night from 6pm.