Trio re-signs with Rush for third season

RUSH RESIGNINGS: Molly Mathews, Ashleigh Spencer and Lydia Brooks
RUSH RESIGNINGS: Molly Mathews, Ashleigh Spencer and Lydia Brooks

WNBL experienced Ashleigh Spencer is staying with Ballarat Rush for a third South East Australian Basketball League season.

She has re-signed along with Ballarat products Molly Mathews and Lydia Brooks.

Spencer joined Skoda Rush in 2016 after returning from college in the United States and a season with the Bendigo Spirit in the WNBL.

She is in her third year with Spirit.

“Although we (Bendigo) are not winning as many games as we would like, I am making the most of every opportunity. I look forward to carrying hard work over to a Rush season,” Spencer said.

She said she was excited about the appointment of Eric Hayes as head coach.

“We’ve had a few conversations and I am really looking forward to playing under his guidance”.

Hayes said while he had not seen a lot of Rush last season, he was noticed the improvement in Spencer from her first season in Ballarat.

“With another WNBL season under her she’ll only come back stronger, which is great for us.”

Mathews will be playing her sixth season with the Rush.

“I am really looking forward to 2018. Our 12-2 winning run to end 2017 was great and with Eric re-joining the women’s program I think it will only strengthen us.”

Hayes coached Mathews at under-18 level

“She has been working hard in the off-season and I look forward to seeing that work translate into her game.”

Brooks is going into her third consecutive season with Rush.

“I definitely think we have the foundations of a great team. With so many players coming back for another year, it will be great to start with the same chemistry that we ended with last season.

“I really believe that this is our year to achieve great things” she said.

Spencer, Mathews and Brooks join import Joy Burke as re-signings

Senior elite teams Rush chairman Lynly Doherty said it was pleasing to have the trio re-signed.

”We believe that keeping a core group together will give us the best start to next season.”