Rockingham Flames secure return signing of WNBL champ Garbin for 2019 SBL season

Stuart HortonSound Telegraph
Darcee Garbin with the ball for Townsville in the WNBL.
Camera IconDarcee Garbin with the ball for Townsville in the WNBL. Credit: Townsville Fire/Facebook

The Rockingham Flames have pulled off a major coup by signing Australian Opal and WNBL champion Darcee Garbin for the 2019 State Basketball League season.

Garbin started her senior basketball career in Rockingham and helped the Flames secure two women’s SBL titles in 2014 and 2015, before signing with Townsville Fire in 2015 and helping them win a WNBL championship in 2016.

The 24-year-old forward returned to play six games for the Flames in 2018, where she averaged 24.8 points and eight rebounds per game.

Garbin will miss the Flames’ opening four matches after also recently signing a short-term deal to play with Herne TC in the Damen-Basketball-Bundesliga, Germany’s premier women’s basketball championship.

She will arrive in Rockingham at end of April following the completion of the German season and attending an Opals selection camp.

Darcee Garbin during a previous stint with the Flames.
Camera IconDarcee Garbin during a previous stint with the Flames. Credit: Michael Parr.

Flames women’s coach Craig Reynolds said Garbin was the club’s top recruitment priority in the off season, with negotiations ongoing over the past couple of months.

“The team is really excited to have Darcee back in 2019,” he said.

“Darcee was the club’s number one target in free agency and we are ecstatic that she is returning to the club where she won two WSBL championships.”

Reynolds described her as “a forward with excellent range” who would add to a potent frontline already boasting forward Chris Boag and Perth Lynx centre Maddie Allen.

“Darcee is player teammates love playing with, she is a proven winner with WNBL championship experience and we are fortunate to add a national and international player to our squad that will drive the team to championship contention in 2019,” he said.

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