Huge news today for the Frenchville Sports Club Cyclones with 2016 QBL MVP Nat Novosel confirmed as a starter for tomorrow night’s grand final rematch against the Mackay Meteorettes. Novosel will join the Cyclones for the early part of the season on what is expected to be a short-term contract, providing some extra flair and leadership in the guard rotations.
When Cyclones co-captain Chandrea Jones announced her retirement at the end of last season, the first player that Coach Chris Muggeridge turned too was league MVP Novosel. Unfortunately, existing commitments prevented Novosel from accepting the offer, however changes in circumstances have allowed her to take up the more recent opportunity with the Cyclones.
“Nat’s proven at this level. Last year Nat and CJ were the best two guards in the competition. There was daylight after those two” said Coach Muggeridge. “The Rockhampton community have been extremely lucky to witness a player of CJ’s ability for so many years, and I have no doubt that Nat will wow the crowd in the same way” he went on to exclaim.
On top of her success in the QBL competition, Novosel has a long list of career highlights. A distinguished four-year career at Notre Dame, a top 10 draft pick in the WNBA, a gold medal with Team USA at the World University games, and a WNBL Championship with the Townsville Fire to name a few.
The gritty guard is the perfect blend of class and blue collar workhorse. She’s deadly from the perimeter, shooting the three-point shot at an incredible 47% the past two seasons in the WNBL. At the same time, she can knife through heavy traffic creating layups for herself and team-mates. And she causes havoc for opposing teams on the defensive end with her ball pressure.
“She really is the complete player” says Muggeridge. “Not just in terms of what she does on the court, but off the court as well. Not only will she fit our culture, but she’ll also add to it which is why we always aim to bring the best of the best to town”.
For her part, Novosel is excited to be in the Beef capital joining the Cyclones. “As an opposition player I know how difficult it is to come in and play against the Cyclones on their home floor. I’m looking forward to being on the receiving side of that crowd support” she said.
Tomorrow night’s game against Mackay will be a big test for the Cyclones as they prepare for the monumental task of three-peating. The Meteorettes have recruited heavily over the off season, and along with the Cyclones will go into season 2017 as one of the keen favourites.
Tickets for Friday night’s game are still available and can be purchased by calling 4922 5544.