The first ever Bendigo Spirit Little League game will take place, allowing young girls from basketball teams around the region to take to the same court as some of their idols.
The games will happen at half-time of every Bendigo Spirit home game. Organiser Jody Richards said they will show young players there is a pathway they can take to follow in the footsteps of the likes of four-time Olympian Kristi Harrower.
“The competition is aimed to show girls that there is a pathway in Bendigo to progress from junior levels all the way to the elite level,” she said.
“Matches will run for about eight minutes at half-time of all the Spirit home games this season.
“The first game is between Girton and St Therese’s, and all the girls are really excited.”
The Spirit’s first home game of the season is this Saturday at 7.30 pm, when they will take on West Coast Waves.
Star recruit Renae Camino will not suit up for the matchup with the Waves, the former Logan Thunder player still hampered by a calf injury suffered in the pre-season.
Meanwhile, the undefeated Spirit have rounded out their roster by signing American Kelsey Griffin for the remainder of the WNBL season.
Griffin, 25, plays for the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA who went down in the Eastern Conference Finals to the reigning champion Minesota Lynx.
Griffin was a member of the 2010 all-rookie team after being drafted with pick number three in the 2012 WNBA Draft, following on from averaging 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, leading the Huskers to their best-ever season.
Coach Bernie Harrower said Griffin, who is expected to arrive ahead of the Spirit’s home game against Dandenong on October 27, fits in well with what they are trying to do.
“I think Kelsey’s strengths as a scorer, rebounder and great team player, will fit perfectly into our system,” Harrower said.