Hume City announce import duo



Following a disappointing end to their 2017 campaign, marred by import changes and periodic player unavailability, the Hume City Lady Broncos are re-grouping for another tilt at the Big V State Championship (SCW) title under Coach Mick Thomas. 

The Club has signed US imports Lisa Murphy and Kelly Hardeman to add to championship winning locals Viv Saad, Mua Laloifi, Nicole Zammit, Sophie Byrnes and Nikki Spencer and will look to players from the Victorian Youth Championship Womens (VYCW) squad to add to its finals push in the SCW competition. 

The 23 year old 191 cm Murphy boasts impressive College credentials, breaking the NCAA record across all Divisions for field goal percentage in a season (78%), being named to the First Team All American (2015-16 and 2016-17) and leading her Pittsburgh based Carnegie Mellon University team to the Conference Title in 2017. She is currently playing in Denmark. 

Kelly Hardeman, a 23 year old 186 cm small forward, graduated last year from the Conference that Big V standout Colleen Planeta competed in. Playing for Azusa Pacific University, her accolades include being named PacWest Player of the Year and to the All PacWest First Team three years running. She also played in Denmark during the 2016-17 season. 

“The Club is very pleased to have two quality people and players in Kelly and Lisa join our program” said Coach Thomas.” They are mobile athletes with length and will make an impact at both ends of the floor and are a great fit for the style of play that will characterise the Lady Broncos’ effort in 2018. With Viv, Mua and Z all signalling their intention to recommit, the experience that Sophie and Nikki have gained and the SCW exposure that Jess Azzorpardi, Hannah Mrakov, Ellen Wright and Jaime Germaine-Gray have had, provides us with the confidence to once again aim for the finals next year.” 

Working with Thomas and new VYCW coach Tim Devlin, Director of Womens Coaching Glen Milner is excited about Hume City’s capability and potential moving forward. 

“We feel we have the right foundation in place for success across the program” added Milner. “Tim is proving to be a great acquisition and is working well with Mick to assess and develop our home grown talent, while having our Under 18 and Under 16 coaches in Brooke Davenport and Antonio Lewis also assisting at the Big V level strengthens the bridge to our under-age players. We also welcome Ebony Sans (Hawthorn) and Tegan Hindle (Werribee) to our program. The mainstays of our VYCW group, the majority of whom are home-grown with leaders such as Paige Tawaf, Leilani Siamoa and Rachele Carrozza, enter their third season at this level so we expect further improvement on the great results they recorded in 2017, just missing a finals berth.” 

Hume City’s pre-season preparation is currently underway, with trainings at the Dimboola Road Stadium on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30 pm and Sunday fitness sessions. 

For further details on this release, please contact: Todd Anderson, Operations Manager (9309 5655 Business Hours). 



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