DETERMINATION has helped point-guard Jane Chalmers, pictured shooting, become the first Bendigo Spirit player to play 100 regular season games. Barring injury, Chalmers will play in her 100th game at the WA Basketball Centre on Saturday.
Jane Chalmers may lack the star power of some of her more illustrious Bendigo Spirit teammates, but what she lacks in flare she makes up for with determination and energy.
Those traits are evident every time she steps out on the court, and will be again on Saturday when she steps up for the 100th time as a Bendigo Spirit player.
As the Spirit take to the hardwood at the WA Basketball Centre, Chalmers will, barring injury or illness, become the first Spirit player to play 100 regular season games.
Coach Bernie Harrower paid tribute to the trusty point-guard, saying her attitude is exactly what you want from a player.
“I’ve coached Jane for a number of years, she’s a great member of the team and really lifts our tempo both on the court and at training,” he said.
“She’s probably been unlucky in her career in that we’ve had Kristi Harrower and Kelly Wilson while she has been around, but we know that with her we have three top-quality point guards that we can depend on.”
Chalmers is a crowd favourite at Spirit games, quite often throwing herself at the ball and diving to all parts of the court, testament to her intensity .
The 29-year-old’s skills are sometimes underrated, but she has excellent court vision and passing ability, and can score when needed as well, making her a valuable part of the Spirit rotation.
“Jane’s just great to have around the club, when you’re on the road especially,” Harrower said.
“Sometimes when you’re travelling you don’t have the intensity you need, and Jane can really spark the team off the bench and give the whole team a bit of a boost.
“It’s great to see her play her 100th, it’s certainly well deserved.”