When Canberra Capitals sharpshooter Alex Delaney arrives on the Sunshine Coast, it will be somewhat of a family reunion.
Delaney, who has signed with Sunshine Coast Rip City for the inaugural NBL 1 North season, played alongside and against the Ups twins – USC players Liisa and Katherine – in juniors.
Their bond so close that you could call them triplets like they did in an Instagram post while playing for New South Wales seven years ago.
“I can’t wait to finally be able to call Liisa Ups a teammate again, who I have played with and against since under 12s,” Delaney said. “She’s a great player and even better person so I’m very excited to play with her.”
Unfortunately the trio won’t be complete on the court for the time being with Katherine sidelined due to injury.
While basketball has taken them all to the United States for college and many other destinations around the world, it doesn’t appear you can take the NSW Blue out of the New South Wales girls.
“It’s awesome that we are getting some New South Wales locals up here,” Ups said. “Both Kat and I grew up playing against and with Alex. She was a part of our rival Sydney Comets team, and then we joined forces in various state teams over the years.”
While the Ups sisters played for the University at Buffallo in New York, Delaney played about six hours away at St Francis in Brooklyn, New York City from 2014-18.
“We were then fortunate enough to go to colleges in the US that were not too far apart, and spent some time with each other over there during the holidays” Liisa said. “I’m excited to play with her again, and looking forward to welcoming her to the coast.”
Delaney is coming off her third WNBL season, falling a game shy of a repeat grand final appearance with the Canberra Capitals in the north Queensland bubble last year.
She made her WNBL debut for Sydney Flames in 2018, following the footsteps of her mum Gail Henderson – a Sydney Flames champion and WNBL life member. She then joined
The NBL 1 season will give WNBL players time to work on their game and provide
inspiration to the rising stars looking to break into the WNBL and to future generations.
“I’m super excited about playing on the coast for this upcoming season,” Delaney said. “I think the NBL1 north league is a great league with some really talented players.
“I’m excited to work with Coach Jamie (Glover) and have the opportunity to take full advantage of the amazing facilities at USC.”
The combo guard/forward says she is looking forward to the Sunshine Coast move and can’t wait for the May 15 start to the NBL 1 North season.
“I think going into any season your goal is to win a championship and be the best team we can be each and every game,” Delaney said. “I can’t wait to get up to the Sunshine Coast and consider myself so fortunate to be living in such a beautiful part of the world playing the game I love.”