Taylor may have called time but is still in the loop

Penny Taylor can't wait to be back at the Dandenong 25-year anniversary. 130078 Picture: RUSSELL BENNETT

One of the game’s greatest Australian players and the finest product to come out of the Dandenong Basketball Association, Penny Taylor will be returning to Dandenong to be part of the WNBL Jayco Rangers 25 Year Anniversary celebrations on Saturday 14 January 2017.
The recently retired Taylor will be the headline act on this special occasion to mark a significant milestone of Rangers involvement in the elite Women’s National Basketball League with every past player, coach and sponsor being invited to be part of the day.
Taylor’s return will be on the same day that the current Jayco Rangers play cross town rivals the Melbourne Boomers at Dandenong Stadium on an important day on and off the court.
Taylor called time on her outstanding career this year, captaining the Australian Opals at the Rio Olympics and playing her last season in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury.
Like she was when she returned to play a WNBL season for Dandenong two years ago, Taylor is delighted to come home again.
“I feel so lucky to have been part of an amazing organization with a leader in Gerry Ryan who loves women’s basketball and has shown consistent passion and support,” she said.
“I was able to begin my WNBL career in an environment that encouraged me to work hard, focus on my dreams and be surrounded by people who love the game.
“I’ll be forever grateful to Gerry and the Dandenong Rangers organization.”
Prior to the on-court contest, Penny will be the special guest at a pre-game cocktail function which basketball fans can secure tickets to and fans will also have the opportunity to get an autograph and photos with Penny after the game.
“Penny is a big part of the Dandenong Rangers history and we look forward to seeing her back for the first time since retiring, along with many other great Rangers players,” Rangers Elite Teams Administrator Trish Fallon said.