They don’t come much bigger than this. Shanavia ‘Bean’ Dowdell has confirmed her return for the Frenchville Sports Club Ltd Cyclones. There was major interest from other clubs to try and snare the best Import in the league, but the decision was an easy one for Dowdell. For her part Bean can’t wait to get back to Rocky and back on the court doing what she does best. Full media release below.
The Frenchville Sports Club Cyclones are thrilled to announce Championship superstar Shanavia Dowdell will return for the 2018 QBL season.
Cyclones coach Chris Muggeridge couldn’t be happier with the announcement. “Shanavia’s the best Import in the league, full stop. She’s played in the WNBA, is a WNBL All-Star five player, a finals MVP in our last Championship, and most importantly she’s loved by her team-mates and the community alike. That type of person is just invaluable”.
Dowdell averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds a game last year before going down mid-season with a knee injury. She says this off-season has been one of her most challenging, as she works to overcome the first major injury of her life. “The first month was pretty hard” Dowdell claimed, “however I just told myself that I couldn’t afford to sit around and mope, and got to work”.
The break from playing has also given Dowdell an opportunity to explore another side of the game. “I’ve been getting involved with coaching some junior teams over her in the USA. It’s been a great experienced, and something that I’ll definitely look at more when my career is over”.
From the moment the injury hit, Shanavia set her sights on getting back to health and not letting the temporary setback defeat her. The rehab has been gruelling, with 4-5 workouts each week, but has been helped along by Simon Poole from Movement Improvement who has monitored her progress each step of the way via fortnightly Skype catch-ups. “Shanavia is an incredible athlete. We give her a new movement pattern as part of her rehab, and she picks it up and integrates it instantly. Her progress is already well ahead of schedule” Poole stated.
The assessment from Movement Improvement provides GM Matt Neason with a lot of confidence. “I’ve worked with some of the best physio’s in Australia at the AIS and with other professional sports teams. There are none that I hold in higher esteem than the team at Movement Improvement” he exclaimed. “Our stance has always been that if Shanavia is deemed fit, then we’re going with her”.
For her part Shanavia can’t wait to get back to her home away from home. When asked what she’ll do immediately upon return, Shanavia laughed. “Catch up with my bestie Kat Clifford. She’ll be there at the airport to pick me up. But other than that, I’m just excited in general to be coming back. I have so many great memories, so many great friendships, and I look forward to making many more”.
With Dowdell now confirmed and an American point guard still to come, Muggeridge says the roster is looking very competitive. “I think we’re back to where we were two years ago” he said. “We’re going to have to work hard throughout the year, and as always, a lot of things have to go your way, but I’m confident that we’re putting together another Championship calibre roster”.
The Cyclones will officially start their season on Friday the 27th of April when they take on the Logan Thunder at Hegvold Basketball stadium. The game promises to be a tough first up challenge with Logan also loading up on talent over the off-season.