Rip City developing local talent for NBL1 North

Updated: Mar 5, 2021

USC Basketball Club welcome back Ashleigh Blake for representative season

The University of Sunshine Coast Basketball Club have signed rising star

Ashleigh Blake for the inaugural NBL1 North season.

Rip City women's coach Jamie Glover said the developing centre is working hard to earn her spot in the lineup after limited minutes last year due to final year school commitments at Mountain Creek High School.

“We are looking forward to seeing Ashleigh step up on the main stage this season,” Glover said.

“Ashleigh brings some inside presence to the squad after a good under-21’s campaign.”

The 189cm Queensland junior representative joins Meghan Ditchburn, Liisa Ups and Layla Prince as the first four signings on the squad.

“I've really enjoyed my past two seasons here and I love the environment that surrounds this club, “ Blake said. “I've gained a lot from our coaching staff as well as my incredible teammates, who have all taught me so much as a young player in this league.

“The facilities that USC has to offer are incredible and the amount of support I have received from

everyone since being here is something I am very thankful for. I'm really excited to see how we go in the first official NBL1 North season this year.”

The recruitment process continues for Glover, who said he expects to announce some marquee

signings shortly. Rip City’s NBL1 season starts with the local derby against Phoenix at USC Stadium on May 15. The finals will be played in August-September after a 14-round regular season.

For sponsor information contact USC Basketball President Matt Nason on 0407 708 737.

For media enquiries contact Greg Dawkins on 0420 988 115.

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