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McBay to make her-story as first Benalla Lady Breakers captain

By Meg Saultry

Though Saturday's match against the Shepparton Gators may well be a shock to the system for a young Benalla Lady Breakers line up, women’s captain Loni McBay said she could not be more excited to run out on court for her home town.

“It’s so exciting,” McBay said.

“We’ve always had representative teams throughout juniors, but up until recently, anyone who wanted to play seniors basketball had to go to other towns.

“It’s really exciting to play for our home town.

“And I’m really grateful and really honoured to do it as captain of the first ever Lady Breakers team.”

With several teenagers set to join McBay in the squad, the skipper said she would use her experience to be a leader on court.

Experienced hands: McBay, with coach Tony Long, watches on at practice.

“I definitely think, being one of the older girls here, I’ll just set out on being a leader on court,” she said.

“I’ll be getting the talk up, trying to stay positive.

“Not dropping my head when things don’t go my way and just really lead by example.”

While the club is not expecting the world from its first women's team this season, McBay was hopeful the team would eventually come good.

“I do think it will be a bit of a shock, our first couple of games,” McBay said.

“But it will be good to play, to get everyone out there and having a run.

“It’s a tougher competition than the under-18s, it’s open age, so you’re playing against women who may be in their 30s.

“We’ll have to work hard, but I think we’ll do well.

“I’ll think we’ll have a really cohesive team by the end of the season.”

And similar to her counterpart, men’s captain Sam Burrowes, McBay could not be more excited at the prospect of a home crowd cheering on the women's team when the Breakers play at Indoor Recreaction Reserve this season.

“I’m so excited to have a home crowd,” McBay said.

“I came to a lot of the boys games last season, they got a lot of support.

“I’m hoping people will come down a few hours earlier and come and watch us play.” 

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