Cyclones snare shooter Haynes
IT'S BACK to the future for Rebecca Haynes in the upcoming 2015 Queensland Basketball League Women's season.
The reigning QBL 3-point champion will return to her old stomping ground at Hegvold Stadium after signing-on with the Frenchville Sports Club Cyclones for 2015.
Haynes last suited up for the Cyclones in 2009 when she helped the team progress to the QBL semi finals, averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds a game.
Reflecting on her previous time in Rockhampton, Haynes said team spirit was the first thing that came to mind.
"I remember my team-mates mostly," Haynes said. "A great group of girls who worked really hard, and we just instantly gelled on and off the court.
"It's exciting to see many of those girls still involved in the program".
Since 2009 Haynes has gained a wealth of experience, suiting up with Logan Thunder and the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL.
She established herself as one of the most versatile players in the QBL, on her way to winning two Championships with the Cyclone's rivals Port City Power in Gladstone.
Playing for Port City last season, Haynes etched her name into the QBL record book as the best shooter of the season with an incredible 44.8% of shots from beyond the arc, and an equally impressive 57.1% from the field.
Haynes said she hoped to carry her top-notch form onto the court with the Cyclones.
"I think I got lucky with that. I had a few really good shooting games in the last games of the season," she said.
"I've been fortunate to have played with some outstanding players and I'd like to think that their dedication, hard work, and commitment to team values has helped me become a better player.
"I really hope I can set the same example for some of the up and coming juniors in Rockhampton."
Having played in front of the parochial Rockhampton crowd, Haynes was very happy to again be in Cyclones colours.
"The Rockhampton fans are great. Nice and loud, and incredibly supportive...when you're playing for Rocky," she said.
Cyclones head coach Chris Muggeridge was thrilled to have her on board.
"Bec's the perfect fit for our team," Muggeridge said.
"She's a prolific scorer and rebounder, who just seems to get better every season".
Muggeridge went on to suggest there weren't many bigs in Australia that shot the ball as well as Haynes.
"That's really going to help us stretch the defence which in turn opens up driving lanes for everyone else," he said.
The Frenchville Sports Club Cyclones season gets underway on May 8 when they head to Cairns to start a three-game road trip.