Clancy bids farewell
BASKETBALL fans who have supported Caitlin Clancy through her journey from promising junior to seasoned QBL player have the chance to farewell her before she embarks on the next stage in her career.
Clancy has been a regular in the Bears' line-up for the past three years and leaves Bundaberg next week for a season with Northwest Junior College in Wyoming, US.
The Bears' game against Gold Coast tomorrow night will be Clancy's 37th and a win will enhance the team's chances of reaching the finals and a perfect way to send off the 18-year-old small forward.
With all her stats pointing to her best season for the Bears and a playoffs spot beckoning, leaving would have been hard but Clancy said she was happy to get the call from America and she knew what she was in for when thousands of miles from home.
"I was very excited to get the call. It was a goal I wanted to achieve since I was in Grade 8," Clancy said.
"I was looking forward to playing with girls my own age and I knew it was going to be really cold over there."
After playing in a few finals series with her teammates a bond had been built, which, she said, was going to be what she missed the most.
The Bears and Gold Coast are both in the running for spot in the finals and while a loss wouldn't end the team's season, Clancy says she won't let the emotion overshadow the game.
"I am really focused and it's just another game. I really hope we get the win," she said.
In the men's game, the Bulls will also be looking for a win as they take to their home court for the final time this season, and will be banking on the might of Willie Shackleford, Zarryon Fereti, Rodrick Stewart and Brent Wallace to put on a show in front of their fans.
Gold Coast will have to work hard to shut down Shackleford in the key, with the import currently leading the league with an average of 18.5 rebounds a game.