The West Coast Waves continue to add big name players to their 2012/13 WNBL roster with signings of former WNBL championship player Amelia Todhunter and WA youngsters Shani Amos and Zoe Harper.
Todhunter will be making the move west after spending last season with the Bulleen Boomers, who narrowly missed out on a championship to Dandenong.
The talented point-guard began her WNBL career with the Dandenong Rangers at the young age of 18, then spent two seasons with Bulleen and said she sees her past few seasons in the WNBL as an “apprenticeship”.
“I hope to bring all the skills I’ve learnt off past players like Sharon Milner and Michele Timms, along with a positive, winning attitude to the West Coast Waves,” Todhunter said.
The 24-year-old is bursting with experience, being part of WNBL championship team Bulleen Boomers in the 2010/11 season and said she hoped to experience that winning feeling again with the Waves.
“It was just an amazing feeling and one I thought I would never experience, especially at just 22,” Todhunter said.
Todhunter is currently playing in Victoria’s SEABL competition where she is co-captain of her Dandenong team and has previously captained her local side to two championships.
The experienced player joins other Waves signings Deanna Smith, Lisa Wallbutton and Perth locals Melissa Marsh, Shani Amos and Zoe Harper.
Shani Amos’s impressive 2011/12 WNBL campaign for the Waves was enough to reward the rising star with a re-signing.
Amos stepped up into the starting point guard position last season for the West Coast Waves and has continued to impress during the off-season in the state league competition for the Wanneroo Wolves, averaging over nine points and five rebounds per game.
The 21-year-old said she felt privileged and excited to be given a starting position last season and wanted to keep improving during the off-season.
“I want to bring the experience I gained last year and hopefully some leadership to the team,” Amos said. “Keeping some home grown WA talent in the squad is also important to me.”
Strong forward, Zoe Harper, will add more of that home grown talent along with depth and power to the West Coast Waves squad.
The 24-year-old proved valuable last season for the Waves and is finding form in time for finals in the state league for the South West Slammers, averaging over 12 points and 11 rebounds per game.
“I took some time off after last season at Waves and I’m now starting to ramp up my training and games again, and it’s paying off,” Harper said. “I’m hoping to add defensive presence, size and my rebounding ability to what will be a new chapter for the West Coast Waves.”
The key West Coast Waves signings have all committed to one year, in what is shaping up to be a strengthened, new-look team.
By Kate Fielding