Home court celebration to mark Rinaldi's 200th SEABL game

Kristy Rinaldi in one of 200 appearances for Ballarat Rush.
Kristy Rinaldi in one of 200 appearances for Ballarat Rush.

BALLARAT Rush captain Kristy Rinaldi will get an opportunity to fully celebrate reaching 200 South East Australian Basketball League games at the Minerdome on Saturday night.

Although she brought up the milestone against Launceston in Tasmania at the weekend, reaching such an achievement is never the same on the road

A home crowd will allow Rinaldi to fully savour the moment, as well as providing the Ballarat basketball community with a chance to toast her.

Coming off two losses in Tasmania, Rush meets Frankston, which sits third in the south conference. 

Rinaldi's basketball career with the Lady Miners and Intergra Rush has spanned 11 years.

Her career with Rush appeared over at the end of last season when she announced her retirement.

However, she had a change of mind and returned to play on under the guidance of head coach Peter Cunningham.

“It’s a great feeling. To have 200 with one club is pretty rare and it’s something I’m quite proud of,” said Rinaldi. 

She said it was a feat she had never really thought about.

"Ät 17 you’re just excited to be involved in the club and you want to 

train and get game time – you don’t think too far ahead,” Rinaldi said. 

“I think if you work hard from a young age and don’t expect anything, just go about your business, you’ll go a long way.

"It all comes down to hard work and wanting to be a part of a team.” 

Rinaldi will be hoping for a better outcome than the Tassie trip  against Frankston Lady Blues and then Dandenong Rangers at Dandenong on Sunday.

Defeats at the hands of Hobart and Launceston have dropped Ballarat to fourth in the east conference.

GMHBA Ballarat Miners play Mt Gambier at home on Saturday night and then Dandenong at Dandenong on Sunday in doubleheaders with Rush.


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