Written by Greg Dawkins. Photos by Peter Forsberg
The University of Sunshine Coast Basketball Club has signed American Ashley Arlen for the 2022 NBL1 North season.
The 187cm centre from Cascade, Iowa, will join the Rip City women's team from Swedish club Wetterbygden. “I’m so excited to be a part of Rip,” Arlen said. “Rip City really has a close family feel and that is so important. From supporting the youth clubs to the elite teams - I can’t wait to be part of that environment. “Australia has always been somewhere I’ve wanted to play and I just feel so fortunate to have the chance to play in the Sunshine Coast.
After playing this winter in Sweden, I’m most definitely looking forward to some sun and sand.” Arlen brings with her a wealth of international league experience after seasons in Romania, Spain, Germany and England (3 years).
“I loved all of them for their own specific reasons - I’d say England was my favorite as I was there the longest and just really enjoyed life outside of basketball as well as playing for Nottingham Wildcats.” Arlen said she was excited and humbled by the opportunity to play for Rip City.
Arlen is also looking forward to showing her three-year-old daughter Amaia - possibly a future Little Ripper - all the natural beauty the Sunshine Coast has to offer.
“Coach (Jamie) Glover and the club has put together a strong team this year and I can’t wait to get to work on the court with the team and compete,” Harris said.
USC’s NBL1 season starts in April with the first six rounds on the road due to Suncorp Super Netball but Rip City’s run home will be mostly at home.
Rip City are looking forward to the first home game on the 11th June vs Southern District Spartans. The finals will be played in August-September after a 15-round regular season. To see all of the NBL1 North games live or for more info on the league go to www.nbl1.com.au