Abbott boosts Cyclones' speed

A LEANER and keener Biancia Abbott is feeling right at home back on Rockhampton's Hegvold Stadium basketball court.

After a lengthy decision process, Abbott on Monday night signed up for the Rockhampton Hog's Breath Cafe Cyclones QABL (Queensland Australian Basketball League) team for the 2006 season, starting next month.

Abbott returned to Rockhampton late last year after a stint playing in England. The 23-yearold last played for the Cyclones in 2003 before moving to Hervey Bay for two seasons.

"I'm enjoying the training at the moment and when they signed Sue Moran that was a big relief and they will probably sign another import,'' Abbott said.

It is a new-look Abbott joining the Cyclones roster ? she has dropped about 12kg since last playing in Rockhampton.

"In Hervey Bay we had a serious off-season, with extra training, and I don't want to let that go,'' she said.

This extra work includes sprints three times a week, gym work and individual training before work.

"I can't wait to play here again, back in front of this crowd.''

Abbott adds another piece to some impressive depth in the Cy- clones' roster this season.

Moran arrives with impressive shooting statistics from playing in the US College basketball league and the New Zealand national league, while the Cyclones are also finetuning the arrival of another import.

Tracey Burkhardt, who also has a fresh approach to fitness, joins old team-mates Kristy and Rachel Fisher and Simone Grant.

Abbott is out for a big QABL season with hopes of breaking into the WNBL later in the year ? she is still keeping in touch with the Adelaide and Perth camps.

The Cyclones' opening game of the season is away against Brisbane on April 30.

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