Whitcomb leaves a legacy with the Tigers

Sarah Mozley

Willetton Tigers WSBL head coach Simon Parker says Sami Whitcomb has been an inspiration to the team as they prepare for her final game this weekend.

Whitcomb will finish her 4 game contract with the Tigers this Sunday in a clash against Mandurah Magic, before she gets ready to join the WNBA in America. 

With the Tigers and Magic sitting at the top of the ladder, Parker says they are looking forward to challenge for Whitcomb’s final game. 

“Mandurah Magic just missed out on having the grand final last year, so they’re still working hard off of that confidence.” Parker said.

“We match up really well against them player for player so it’s just about who’s going to do it better on Sunday and come out on top.

“We are looking forward to it, you want to play against the best teams that give a good test for the girls and see how you go.”

As their time playing alongside Whitcomb comes to an end, Parker says the local players have had a fantastic opportunity to learn from such an elite player. 

“For the youngsters who want to be better at basketball, she shows how hard you’ve got to work and what you’ve got to do to get to that next level.” Parker said.

“Our training went up a level as soon as she got there, that competitiveness was 10 times what we normally have,

“We want to make sure we maintain that moving forward, they’ve got to do it themselves now.” 

Parker wants to place an emphasis on the talent and contribution of his local players, and one that he has found impressive so far is Desiree Kelley.

Kelley says Whitcomb has been an inspiration to the team and has lifted everyone’s standards.

“Playing with someone so talented has been really beneficial for our girls, you can feed off her energy and it makes you want to be better,” Kelley said.

“I’ve learnt to be confident and believe in your ability because even if she misses a shot, that next one she’s going up for she’s confident it’s going in. 

“Watching her mental strength has been really beneficial for me,

“It’s been a massive asset having her and she’ll definitely be missed.” 

Sami Whitcomb will play her final game for the Tigers in their clash against Magic this Sunday at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre at 12pm.

 




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