The bronze-medal-winning Opals captain has suffered a major blow just a week after making her debut in the WNBL season.
Opals bronze medalist Tess Madgen will miss the rest of the WNBL season.
The Melbourne Boomers keeper suffered a knee injury during preparations for the FIBA Women’s World Cup in September and required surgery to clean her right knee after the tournament.
The 32-year-old made her WNBL season debut in last week’s Melbourne Derby against the Southside Flyers but suffered from knee pain.
After discussions with club medics and Boomers coach Chris Lucas, the South Australian made the difficult decision to sit out the remainder of the season to focus on knee rehabilitation in preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
“Tess is a very well loved character and leader in our organization and we look forward to seeing her again. I know she is keen to stay with the team while she recovers and to bring all she can to our organization as a team member and leader,” said Boomers CEO Tony Hallam.
Off to a flyer: WNBL poised for a history-making extravaganza
– Matt Logue, exclusive
Lauren Jackson’s Southside Flyers will make history on February 4 when the franchise hosts the first WNBL game at Melbourne’s John Cain Arena against the Sydney Flames.
With a capacity of over 9000 at the John Cain Arena, more history could be made with a record crowd for a WNBL game.
Flyers owner Gerry Ryan hailed the historic clash as a “big celebration.”
“It’s more than a basketball game,” Ryan said.
“It’s a major event, not just for women’s basketball, but also for women’s sports.”
The historic inaugural WNBL duel at the John Cain Area is an opportunity for the Victorian sports public to come together and celebrate elite basketball with Australia’s greatest basketball player of all time in Jackson.
The event is another example of the support Ryan continues to provide to women’s sports and women’s basketball in particular. After receiving confirmation that the venue was available, he wanted to give women’s basketball, and Jackson in particular, a chance to be a part of history.
“What Lauren has done for basketball and women’s sports continues to be remarkable,” Ryan said in announcing Lauren’s return to the WNBL this season.
Melbourne vs Sydney is also another chapter in the rivalry between Australia’s two biggest cities.
And with Australian basketball legend Shane Heal coaching the Sydney Flames, the basketball royal family will grow even bigger at this historic event.
The Flyers have proven to be one of the teams to beat this season, with Jackson helping them start the season 9-3 to finish second on the ladder behind the Melbourne Boomers.
With Kayla Thornton, Maddi Rocci, Rebecca Cole and Jackson at the helm, the Flyers have won their last five games, including last week’s impressive double against the Boomers (88-70) and the Bendigo Spirit 118-72.
The Flames have won two of their last three games, with Keely Fröling and Shyla Heal beginning to find the kind of form that could ignite their season.
Tickets for the first WNBL game at John Cain Arena are $20 for adults and $5 for children.
Tickets are available from Wednesday noon via Ticketek.
Originally published as Basketball News 2023: Tess Madgen sidelined for rest of season, Lauren Jackson’s Flyers WNBL outfit book big arena showdown
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