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WBBL 2021-22 rosters tracker – all the ins/outs

The fixtures have been released, the signings have begun, so the time has come to roll out our rosters tracker ahead of the WBBL’s eighth season.

Official announcements from clubs are expected to be sporadic with several players already known to be returning next season.

NOTE: Junior/academy players are under the age of 19 and have not signed contracts.

Updated: 30/09/2021

Caledonia Pride

HC: Bart Sengers

Returning: Sian Phillips, Maud Ranger 🇫🇷 (both re-signed), Elise Tweedi (returning)

Juniors/Academy: Eabha Kerr, Sophie Loughran, Rose Harvey, Taryn Cummins, Luisa Velazquez 🇪🇸, Jenni Torrance (all returning), Zoe Sharpe (Inverness City Lions), Sofia Amis, Aoife Loftus (both Edinburgh Kats)

Ins:

Outs: Ella Doherty (Toledo – USA, NCAA DI), Polly Storie (Calgary – Canada, USports), Jenna Beattie (not returning)

2020-21 squad – Sophie Leslie

News:

Cardiff Met Archers

HC: Stef Collins

Returning: Mara Marchizotti 🇦🇷, Shannon Hatch 🇨🇦🇨🇭, Laura Shanahan, Kim Kheing, Sara Jorgensen 🇸🇪, Levi Warren (all re-signed)

Juniors/Academy: Issy Bunyan, Carys Roy (both returning)

Ins: Lauren Saiki 🇺🇸 (unattached, previously UC Irvine – USA, NCAA DI)

Outs: Maisie Harrhy (PSA Academy – USA, Prep), Marlee Ball 🇬🇧🇨🇦 (Gloucester City Queens), Robyn Lewis, Cristina Bigica 🇷🇴 (not returning)

News:

Collins excited for Bunyan, Roy to continue development with Archers

Durham Palatinates

HC: Lee Davie

Returning: Katie Bennett, Ellie Hutchinson, Ava Patchesa, Goretti Hurtado Barbeito 🇪🇸, Kara Elderkin 🇺🇸 (all returning)

Juniors/Academy: Izzy Wood (Sevenoaks Suns), Victoria Natufe, Aaliyah Samuels-Campbell (both City of London Academy – WNBL D1)

Ins:

Outs: Claire Paxton (Essex Rebels), Lies Van Straaten 🇳🇱, Jazmin Gyulai 🇭🇺, Gerda Morkunaite 🇱🇹 (not returning)

News:

Essex Rebels

HC: Tom Sadler

Returning: Angel Waithe 🇺🇸, Andrea Kohlhaas 🇩🇪, Ashleigh Munns, Olivia Partridge, Carla Bieg 🇪🇸, Megan Haines, Lucrezia Costa 🇮🇹 (all re-signed)

Juniors/Academy:

Ins: Tia Freeman (Nottingham Wildcats), Jade Mbam (Manchester Met Mystics), Claire Paxton (Durham Palatinates), Ellie Shaxon (Italy)

Outs: Yassin Belle-Mbaye (Ipswich – WNBL D1)

2020-21 squad – Elsa Landberg 🇸🇪

News:

Tia Freeman makes move to Essex for sixth WBBL season
Essex Rebels bring in junior guard Jade Mbam
Claire Paxton set for next chapter with Rebels

Gloucester City Queens

HC: Jay Marriott

Ins: Marlee Ball 🇬🇧🇨🇦 (Cardiff Met Archers), Layla Hall, Inma Bautista 🇪🇸 (both Worcester Wolves), Melita Emanuel-Carr (Oaklands Wolves), Claire Abbott 🇨🇦 (unattached, previously Oaklands Wolves), Maura Fitzpatrick 🇺🇸🇮🇪 (Wetterbygden – Sweden, D1)

Juniors/Academy:

News:

Gloucester City Queens become latest team to join WBBL
Marlee Ball becomes Gloucester City Queens’ first signing
GB’s Melita Emanuel-Carr makes the move to Gloucester

Leicester Riders

HC: Derrick Washington (replaces Jesper Sundberg)

Returning: Anna Lappenkuper 🇩🇪, Hannah Robb (both re-signed), Erin Hikin, Robyn Ainge, Eimhear Morris (all returning)

Juniors/Academy: Katie Januszewska (returning)

Ins: Louise Rouse (Oaklands Wolves), Brooklynn McAlear-Fanus 🇨🇦 (University of Ottawa – Canada, USports), Makana Stone 🇺🇸, Sasha Lecuyer 🇲🇹 (both Loughborough Riders – WNBL D1), Oceana Hamilton 🇨🇦 (Dussledorf – Germany, D1), Chelsea Jennings 🇺🇸 (Njardvik – Iceland, D2)

Outs: Azania Stewart, Holly Winterburn (both London Lions), Amber Smith 🇺🇸 (not returning), Maya Brewer 🇺🇸 (Pyrinto – Finland, D1), Ella Clark (not returning)

News:

Washington unveiled as part of Riders new coaching staff
Robb re-signs with Riders alongside Lappenkuper

London Lions

HC: Mark Clark

Returning: Chantel Charles (two-year deal), Kennedy Leonard 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (re-signed, two-year deal), Cassie Breen 🇺🇸, Stephanie Umeh 🇺🇸, Shanice Beckford-Norton, Paige Robinson, Valentina Klocker 🇦🇹 (all re-signed)

Juniors/Academy: Grace Strickland (Oaklands Wolves), Neve Marvill (Derby Trailblazers), Chenai Mushore, Fatmata Janneh, Nicholle Lavinier (all returning)

Ins: Jo Leedham-Warner (unattached), Azania Stewart, Holly Winterburn (both Leicester Riders), Leah McDerment (Bad Homburg – Germany, D2)

Outs: Ines Goryanova (PSA Academy – USA, Prep), Nikola Kuzmanovic, Kian Omer-Jones (both Laramie County – USA, NJCAA), Anna Trett (Worcester Wolves – WNBL D1)

News:

Lions confirmed to enter EuroCup Women qualifiers
Winterburn, Stewart to sign for Lions, Leedham-Warner set to follow
Lions reveal star-studded roster for 2021-22 season

Manchester Met Mystics

HC:

Returning: Dom Allen, Rheanne Bailey, Georgia Jones, Vanessa Akra (all re-signed)

Juniors/Academy: Jo Vourliotas (Mystics academy)

Ins: Erika Williams 🇺🇸 (unattached, two-year deal), Lauren Thomas-Johnson (unattached), Anna Sheia (Barking Abbey – WNBL D1)

Outs: Olivia Forster (Ipswich), Ebony Horton (Newcastle Eagles), Jade Mbam (Essex Rebels), Helen Naylor, Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee (both Sheffield Hatters), Hannah Shaw (not returning)

2020-21 team: Sophia Song 🇺🇸, Rosie Hynes, Charli Wroe

News:

Newcastle Eagles

HC: Chris Bunten

Returning: Maddy McVicar 🇺🇸, Abby Lowe (both re-signed), Marina Fernandez 🇪🇸 (re-signed, injury return), Ori Chukwu-Etu, Rachael Bland (both re-signed)

Juniors/Academy:

Ins: Anna Popovic (Tampa – USA, NCAA DII), Jessica Eadsforth-Yates (Davis & Elkins College – USA, NCAA DII), Ebony Horton (Manchester Mystics), Menna El Gharini 🇪🇬 (Shooting Club Dokki – Egypt), Chloe Gaynor (Nottingham Wildcats), Niamh Kelshaw (McCook Community College), Courtney Clasen 🇺🇸 (unattached, previously at Merrimack College – USA), Dora Cipcic 🇭🇷 (ZKK Split – Croatia)

Outs: Alison Gorrell 🇺🇸, Deborah Rodriguez 🇪🇸, Millie Oates (not returning)

News:

Popovic, Eadsforth-Yates reunite in Newcastle out of college
Eagles continue young British core with Ebony Horton addition
Chloe Gaynor reunites with Abby Lowe at Eagles

Nottingham Wildcats

HC: Kenrick Liburd

Returning:

Juniors/Academy: Grace Ashton (Oaklands Wolves), DJ Casanova, Natalie Charity, Maisie Evison, Praise Egharevba 🇩🇪 (all returning)

Ins: Brooklyn Pannell 🇺🇸 (Charleston – USA, NCAA DI), Brahe Ashton, Isabel Bueriberi (both Nottingham Trent University – WNBL D1), Shaunay Edmonds 🇺🇸 (Akron – USA, NCAA DI), Kennedy Nicholas 🇺🇸 (unattached, previously at Sacramento State – USA, NCAA DI), Imani Whittington (unattached, previously at Columbia University)

Outs: Becky Dwomoh (Robert Morris – USA, NCAA DI), Shaniya Rose (Florida Southwestern – USA, NJCAA), Moa Lundqvist 🇸🇪 (Ostersund – Sweden), Simone Costa 🇵🇹 (Uniao Sportiva – Portugal, D1), Tia Freeman (Essex Rebels), Chloe Gaynor (Newcastle Eagles), Jasmine Joyner 🇺🇸, Chelsey Shumpert 🇺🇸 (not returning)

2020-21 team: Siobhan Prior, Mariam Olawoyin

News:

Oaklands Wolves

PC: Lauren Milligan (replaces Lee Ryan – Head of Basketball Performance)

Returning: Lauren Milligan (returns as player-coach), Lizzy Harrison, Beth Sarson, Merissa Quick 🇺🇸, Greeta Uprus 🇪🇪 (all re-signed)

Juniors/Academy: Jocie Leavold, Daisy Porter (both returning), Eva Karasaite, Kizzy Spence-Mussington, Alice McKenzie, Rosie Porter, Cleo-Lewis Gayle, Ufuoma Urhioke, Tamara Smith-White, Miriam Carrasco-Menendez

Ins:

Outs: Melita Emanuel-Carr (Gloucester City Queens), Louise Rouse (Leicester Riders), Grace Strickland (London Lions), Amari Carter 🇺🇸, Sophie Beard, Dorka Boros 🇭🇺 (not returning), Grace Ashton (Nottingham Wildcats)

News:

Lauren Milligan takes up role as Wolves’ player-coach

Sevenoaks Suns

HC: Len Busch

Returning: Cat Carr 🇺🇸🇬🇧, Renee Busch, Haylee Miller, Millie Stevens (all re-signed)

Juniors/Academy: Zulieka Franklin, Alleke Allum (returning)

Ins: Julia Koppl 🇦🇹 (Nordlingen – Germany, D1), Judit Fritz 🇭🇺 (unattached), Jamila Thompson (Ostrava – Czech Republic, D1), Frankie Wurtz 🇺🇸 (Amicale – Luxembourg, D1), Katie Richards (Cardiff Met Archers – WNBL D1)

Outs: Asha Andrews (Hawaii – USA, NCAA DI), Lavinia Da Silva 🇵🇹 (Njardvik – Iceland, D1), Irene Garrido-Perez 🇪🇸 (CB Almeria – Spain, D2), Janice Monakana (Sodertalje – Sweden, D1), Izzy Wood (Durham Palatinates)

2020-21 team: Ta’Yani Clark 🇺🇸🇬🇧, Katrin Hulme, Mila Stevanic

News:

Reigning MVP Carr back for another season alongside Busch
Ex-Rider Jamila Thompson back in the league with Suns

Sheffield Hatters

HC: Vanessa Ellis

Ins: Georgia Gayle (Paterna – Spain, D2), Naomi Campbell (Nottingham Trent University – WNBL D1), Helen Naylor, Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee (both Manchester Met Mystics), Elysa Ioannou 🇨🇾 (unattached), Charley McGrath 🇮🇪 (Belfast Rockets – Ireland, D1), Aisling Nee 🇮🇪 (LYIT Donegal – Ireland, D1), Becca Cardenas 🇺🇸 (unattached, previously Southern Utah – USA, NCAA DI), Nyilah Jamison-Myers 🇺🇸 (unattached), Ariona Gill 🇺🇸 (unattached)

Juniors/Academy: Abbey Whitehouse (Nottingham Trent University – WNBL D1)

News:

Sheffield Hatters make WBBL return for 60th anniversary
Georgia Gayle confirmed to be rejoining Hatters

 

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