By Nick Creely
One of Dandenong’s finest basketball products, Steph Blicavs, will return to the area to resume her WNBL career, with the Southside Flyers confirming that the star guard will return to the club.
On the Flyers Instagram live on Sunday morning, speaking with sister-in-law Sara Blicavs on ‘Sayin’ it with Sara’, Blicavs said she simply couldn’t wait to resume her career with the Flyers.
“When I decided I wanted to return the decision on who to play with was really easy, in fact I didn’t have to make a decision, it was that simple,” she said.
“I went to a few games last season and everything I saw and everything Kris (her husband who was part of the strength and conditioning team) and Sara said about the Flyers was just so positive.
“(It’s) such a professional organisation with great people, not just the players but throughout the entire club.
“And of course Cheryl Chambers is very special, she has been super helpful, not just a great coach, she understands about being a Mum, so it was an easy fit.”
Flyers coach Cheryl Chambers said she was delighted that Blicavs has returned to play for the Flyers.
“Steph had been around the team a little last season and we certainly provided an open invitation for her to join the Flyers if she decided to resume her career,” she said.
“There was no hesitation when she said she was keen. We have all seen how good a player she is and importantly she is a quality person.
“I am looking forward to what she will bring to the team, especially her ability to light up the score board and I am really excited she wants to return to the WNBL with the Flyers.”
In what has been a stellar career after coming through as a Dandenong junior, Blicavs has won two WNBL championships during her 302 game career – with Dandenong Rangers in 2012 and with Townsville Fire in 2015.
Her WNBL career started at Dandenong Rangers and she has also played with the AIS, Townsville Fire and Adelaide Lightning. Steph was a member of the Opals Gold Medal team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She missed last season after giving birth to a son, Arlo in October last year.