2019 WNWBL Season Preview: Queensland Comets

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2019 WNWBL SEASON PREVIEW: QUEENSLAND COMETS

Last Year: 10 wins, 5 losses – 2nd; Gold medal

Roster: Jasmine Manning, Sarah King, Ashlee Gould, Alison Herring, Kaia Scholl, Ella Sabljak, Georgia Bishop-Cash, Ashlee Willis, Kristie Bugeja.

Fixture: The Comets open the season in Perth with match-ups against the Lady Heelers, Wheelcats, Cobras and Sydney Metro Blue Hornets. The Comets will then have Round Two off before they compete in the final three rounds to close out the regular season to try and set themselves up for another run at the WNWBL title.

Overview: Gold medallists in 2018 as they defeated the Perth Wheelcats by seven points in the final, the Comets will attempt to go back-to-back in 2019.

Meanwhile, the Comets will undergo a transformation period. The team’s leading scorer from last season Cobi Crispin has departed after putting up 21.1 points per game in 2018. Joining Crispin in departing the squad is Ashley Wardman, Gabrielle Sheehan, Shelley Cronau and Mari Aminoto. Conversely, the Comets will add four new faces to their 2019 squad with Kristie Bugeja, Ashlee Gould, Jasmine Manning and Ashlee Willis all joining the Comets.

With such a big turnover from the reigning champions, can they go back-to-back in 2019?

One to Watch: With Cobi Crispin leaving the team, the second-leading scorer from 2018 Alison Herring should see an uptick in her offensive usage. Watch as Herring has the chance to rise into the top five scores in 2019 due to increased opportunity. If the Comets are to challenge for another title in 2019, Herring should have a big season in the Queensland uniform.

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