11 October 2023

The UC Capitals aim to go ‘bigger, better, together’ in the upcoming WNBL season

| Tim Gavel
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crowds at Capitals WNBL game

They have a history of attracting big crowds, but the Caps are looking for even more fans to attend games this season. Photo: File.

UC Capitals coach Kristen Veal is leaving little to chance as the team prepares for the opening game of the WNBL season against Adelaide at the National Convention Centre on 5 November.

From the recruitment of key players to the management of players through the pre-season, plenty of lessons learned from Veal’s first year in charge have resulted in a solid platform heading into the opening round.

Despite winning just two games, there are plenty of positives from that debut year for Veal to take into this season, including the sell-out crowd for the final match.

Lucille Bailie at the UC Capitals’ season 2022/2023 launch. Photo: Liv Cameron.

UC Capitals General Manager Lucille Bailie said the club will harness that community support with the branding theme of Bigger, Better, Together.

“This is an external and internal call to action. When the community gets behind us, we perform better, as we saw last year,” says Lucille.

Supporters have already taken up the call to arms with a record number of memberships purchased in the first 24 hours.

“This year will be a breakout year for the UC Caps from a business perspective with three or four new sponsors and we are now getting local businesses calling us rather than us chasing them. I’m confident it will be mirrored by success on the court and every seat will be occupied.”

In the end, the product on the court will bring in the crowds and there is plenty to like about the makeup of the playing roster.

Jade Melbourne. Photo: UC Capitals Facebook.

Jade Melbourne is the league’s newest superstar. Photo: UC Capitals Facebook.

Twenty-one-year-old superstar Jade Melbourne, fresh from her debut season with the Seattle Storm in the WNBA, is as exciting a player as we have seen in the WNBL.

Then there’s the experience of Alex Bunton and the return to Canberra of local star Callie Bourne.

Shakera Reilly will be back on court for the UC Capitals. Photo: File.

Shakera Reilly is back alongside Gemma Potter, who returns after two serious knee injuries in two seasons.

New recruit 21-year-old forward Alex Fowler is one to watch after four seasons in the Portland Pilots College program. She will line up alongside another fresh face, Japanese forward Monica Okoye.

And that is just the start.

The UC Capitals will play 10 home games this season, giving fans the opportunity to see one of the most dynamic teams in the WNBL.

Get your tickets and plan your season at Canberra Capitals.

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