3 emerging talents sign with Flames for WNBL season

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The Brydens Sydney Uni Flames are excited to announce the signings of emerging WNBL talents Chloe Dalton, Kathryn Rendell and Darneka Rowe. 

Dalton and Rendell will play their second seasons in the WNBL, while Rowe will play her first season in Australia’s premier women’s basketball competition.

Dalton, a SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder at the University of Sydney (studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy), is ready to enter the 2013/14 WNBL season with a better understanding of what is required to compete at this level. 

“I’m working really hard and trying to keep improving each training session,” explained the 176cm guard who played two games for the Flames last season. 

“It’s great to be training with the calibre of players in this squad.”

Brydens Sydney Uni Flames Head Coach, Karen Dalton is convinced that the former Sydney Uni Flames Academy Program member has come back for this preseason as a better rounded player and an improved talent.

“Chloe has worked really hard in the off-season and she is determined to become more of a part of playing rotation,” explained Karen Dalton.

“We think that her role within the team will be increased this season.”

Joining Chloe Dalton in the Flames squad is 19 year old forward Kathryn Rendell.

A Canberra junior, Rendell made her WNBL debut with the AIS in season 2009/10, before signing with the Flames from the Canberra Capitals this season.

“Kathryn is an extremely hard worker,” says Karen Dalton.

“We are really looking forward to seeing how much we can develop her over the coming season.”

For Rendell, this is an experience that she is clearly soaking up.

“I’m really excited about my first season in the WNBL and I’m feeling part of the team,” explains the SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder at the University of Sydney (studying a Bachelor of Engineering/Commerce).

“It’s a fantastic feeling training with these (Flames) girls who have achieved so much. They have made it to where I want to get my game to.”

Rounding out the trio of young signings is this seasons NSW Waratah League sensation with the Hornsby Spiders, Darneka Rowe.

The 174cm guard started training with the Flames a couple of months ago.

“Since then my game has really improved and I’m feeling more comfortable,” said Rowe.

 “I have learnt a lot from working with Karen. I’ve never had this elite level of coaching.”

Her coach is confident that she will continue to improve.

“Darneka is a very athletic player,” says Karen Dalton.

“She has plenty of talent and ability to be a WNBL player.”

The Brydens Sydney Uni Flames will play their first 2013/14 WNBL home game against the Dandenong Rangers at Brydens Stadium (at the Sydney Uni Sports & Aquatic Centre in Darlington) on Friday October 11 at 7.30pm.

Click here to see the full 2013/14 WNBL season schedule.