Wehrung Returns to Strengthen Rush Roster

Rising basketball star Abbey Wehrung will return to the Harvey Norman Ballarat Rush for the 2015 South East Australian Basketball League season.

Wehrung is delighted to be returning to Ballarat after her first season in the Women’s National Basketball League with the Canberra Capitals.

“It feels great; it’s lovely knowing I can be around and play alongside such great people again, as well as being close to my family which is a huge thing for me. The Ballarat community is always supportive and I value that immensely. The Rush pack is also like family to me,” said Wehrung.

Wehrung believes the Rush roster will be stronger that last season’s squad which missed finals by just one game.

“It’s great that we have been able to sign Shanae (Greaves) and Jess (May) and I think they will really boost our team. I think their experience will enable them to bring the intensity and competitiveness necessary at training. This will enable our team to grow and also push our younger players to further develop their game,” said Wehrung.

“It’s also great to have Kristy (Rinaldi) back playing, as she has such a depth of experience and is such a great leader.”

Wehrung expressed excitement about the Rush’s young group of players including Kasey Burton who has been training with the WNBL’s Melbourne Boomers.

“Kasey has obviously been training with Melbourne and that’s really awesome for her. It’ll be great to see her game evolve to another level,” said Wehrung.

“It’s also great to have Worm back as head coach, I have worked with him since Under 14s and he is always willing to put the time and effort into developing his players and that’s something to be admired.”

Wehrung was a key player for the Rush in her first full SEABL season in 2014 as the team’s second-highest scorer with 13.5 points per game to go with 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Wehrung was the league’s second-best free throw shooter in 2014, hitting 84.7% of her foul shots.

Wehrung will return to Ballarat upon completion of the WNBL season.