Tegan returns ready to strike
LIFE couldn’t get any better for returning Hog’s Breath Rockhampton Cyclones star Tegan Cunningham.
Cunningham arrived in Rockhampton yesterday after completing her first full WNBL season earlier this year with the Adelaide Lightning and is excited about pulling on the Cyclones colours ahead of the 2011 QBL season.
The 23-year-old featured in all 23 of the Lightning’s games during the 2011 season and believes she’s learnt plenty playing in Australia’s premier women’s basketball competition.
“WNBL is the elite women’s competition so you’re playing against better players and teams every week,” she said.
“It showed me what areas of my games that needed work. I thought I was in good shape when I came here last year, but I needed to be a lot fitter.
“My knowledge of the game is a lot better now too.”
After spending the last couple of months at home in Melbourne with family, Cunningham is eager to team up with former teammate Nicole Romeo and the crop of talented junior basketballers Rockhampton is consistently producing.
The talented forward said it was Romeo who persuaded her into joining the club early last season, and she is glad she did.
“After I came back from the States (at Oklahoma State College) I was just going to play in Melbourne, but (Romeo) was telling me how fun it was and telling me to come up here,” she said.
“I love it here.
“The atmosphere, the stadium, the weather and the community; it’s all great.”
Romeo and Cunningham join forces this weekend with the Cyclones latest recruit, Rockhampton product Biancia Abbott, in preparation for their opening fixture against Bundaberg at Rockhampton’s Hegvold Stadium next Saturday night.