Written by Erin Patton and Greg Dawinks. Photos by Jack Riddiford
The University of Sunshine Coast Basketball Club have secured women’s coach Jamie Glover and captain Liisa Ups for the 2022 NBL1 North season.
Glover said he was excited to be returning for the 2022 NBL1 season after a busy and productive off-season.
“Thanks to the Rip City for having me back for the second NBL1 season,” Glover said.
“We have been spending some quality time building our off court program and bringing in some extra coaching staff to complement our on court team. I am excited about the team we are putting together and looking forward to seeing our junior players getting more involved this season and stepping up into our program We have gone hard at chasing a specific type of player this season and will have some exciting announcements shortly.”
Glover said the addition of Warwick Wilson, Katherine Ups and returning Sharni Green to the coaching panel for the women brings depth to the team and what it has to offer for prospective players.
USC captain Liisa Ups is the first signing for Rip City 2022.
“I'm super excited for the season ahead. We have such a solid base here at Rip with so many locals and juniors committing for the year. Jamie and the team have also done an amazing job recruiting bringing back a few old and a few new additions.
“The culture here at Rip is something to be proud of due to the tireless efforts of so many behind the scenes. We can't wait to show the state what Rip City women's basketball can do!”
The addition of the Darwin Salty’s and North Gold Coast Seahawks makes an even bigger and better competition for NBL1 North 2022, which continues to attract top NBL and WNBL talent.
USC's NBL1 season starts 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 facility at USC is second to none and Rip City would like to thank USC for the ongoing support,” Glover said.
The finals will be played in August-September after a 15-round regular season.
To see all of the games live or for more info on the league go to www.nbl1.com.au