Willey Moving On From Rush

Auslec Ballarat Rush veteran Kate Willey has accepted an offer to play with Geelong for the 2014 SEABL season.

In announcing the move, Ballarat Basketball Club President Nick Grylewicz said that Willey has advised the team that it was time for a fresh approach to her career after three good years in Ballarat.

Rush head coach Peter Cunningham acknowledged Willey’s exceptional contribution to the team.

“Kate will be a big loss as she was our best defender who picked up the opposition’s best offensive player every week, usually WNBL players. She is a fierce competitor who reads the game very well and played over 30 minutes of every game. We wish her all the best with her new team,” said Cunningham.

Willey joined the Rush in 2011, hailing from the Brisbane Spartans where she played under former Rush coach Donna Rinaldi.

Willey has been a strong competitor over the past three seasons for the Rush. In 79 games for Ballarat she has averaged 10.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and four assists per game.

In 2012 Kate won the Robyn Maher Rush MVP medal, capping off a strong year and career-best stats.

Wiley has been a positive role model for young players in Ballarat, constantly being involved with clinics, training sessions and coaching local teams.