Former Kilsyth Captain Sarah Parsons has announced she will come out of retirement and re-join the Kilsyth Lady Cobras for the 2017 SEABL season, while current Captain Jordyn O’Shea has also re-signed for the season ahead.
After hanging up the sneakers following the 2015 season, Parsons turned her attention towards starting a family, with Sarah and partner Tim welcoming their first child, Parker, into the world.
But after a year away from the game and seeing her former team narrowly miss out on a national championship for a second consecutive season, Parsons itch to return to the hardwood was suddenly too large to ignore.
“I am super pleased Sarah has decided to play again after having a baby break,” Lady Cobras Head Coach Sam Woosnam said.
“She is one of the most competitive people I know and this will improve our team overall.”
Parsons gives the Lady Cobras a physical, versatile two-way presence, and has established herself as one of the league’s top defenders over the past decade.
The return of Parsons will be key for the Lady Cobras in 2017, as she will help fill the void left by the injured Rosie Moult.
Both Moult and Parsons have been amongst the league leaders in steals over the past three years, helping the Lady Cobras establish themselves as one of SEABL’s best defensive teams during Woosnam’s tenure as Head Coach.
While the veteran forward brings a big defensive presence, Woosnam believes Parsons leadership will be her most valuable asset for the year ahead.
The former SEABL Champion could surpass the 300 game mark this season, joining the exclusive company of recently retired Cobra Gerard Leonard and Kilsyth Basketball Hall of Famer DJ Taylor.
“Sarah brings back a lot of experience, which we were lacking last season,” Woosnam added.
“She is set to play her 300th game so for her to have the opportunity to do that was very important to me. She’s been working really hard over the break to get back in playing shape and I look forward to having her back in the fold this year.”
Joining Parsons for the season ahead is point guard O’Shea, who enjoyed one of her best season’s as a Lady Cobra in 2016.
Though her numbers were down from in years past, O’Shea was a steadying on-court presence for Kilsyth, with her new found leadership helping the Lady Cobras to a league-best 19-2 regular season record.
“As an important piece to our Homegrown program, I’m happy Jordy has decided to play again,” Woosnam said about her floor general.
“She has developed over my three years at Kilsyth into a well respected and capable SEABL point guard.”
With the All-SEABL duo of Steph Cumming and Jasmine Gill handling the bulk of the Lady Cobras scoring last season, Woosnam turned to O’Shea to handle some difficult defensive assignments against some of SEABL’s top guards, playing a key role in helping the Lady Cobras finish as the league’s best defensive unit in 2016.
“Last year we gave her some defensive assignments which she really excelled in,” Woosnam said.
“As captain she also improved in her leadership role and I look forward to further improvement in these areas for the season ahead.”
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