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Chalmers re-signs with Bendigo Spirit

Jane Chalmers will play for Bendigo Spirit next season after re-signing with the Women’s National Basketball League team.

ERIN LYONS August 22, 2014 3:04am

Jane Chalmers will play on for the Bendigo Spirit next season. Photo: submitted

Echuca basketballer Jane Chalmers has re-signed with Bendigo Spirit for the 2014-15 Women’s National Basketball League season.

Standing at only 160cm, Chalmers started her WNBL career with the Spirit during the 2007-08 season and has never looked back.

Following back-to-back premierships and maintaining a fit and healthy body, Chalmers said she would be mad not to play next season.

‘‘I’ve been really lucky and haven’t had too many serious injuries,’’ she said.

‘‘I just think if my body can still do it why would I retire?’’

Chalmers said her decision to play on was not fuelled by the Spirit’s recent success, rather she ‘‘just enjoys it’’.

‘‘I’d already decided to play on a few weeks before the grand final,’’ she said.

‘‘I love it, it’s a really good competitive environment at Spirit too.’’

While Chalmers does not see as much court time as her teammates, she has a genuine love for the club and appreciates being part of such a successful team.

‘‘Most people say why would you stay there (at Bendigo) if you don’t get a lot of minutes,’’ she said.

‘‘But it’s just a fun team to play for and everyone is very supportive.’’

After winning two South East Australian Basketball League titles with the Bendigo Lady Braves the opportunity to join Spirit arose.

‘‘If Bendigo hadn’t offered to sign me all those years ago, I’d probably never be playing WNBL,’’ she said.

While it is the WNBL off-season, there is no resting for Chalmers.

Instead, the Spirit point-guard will join her Bendigo Braves teammates in a semi-final against Frankston this weekend.

‘‘It’s tough because our finals will overlap with Spirit pre-season,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s hard to get settled heading into the WNBL season and I think that’s what got us on the first game of last season.’’

‘‘We are looking pretty settled going into next season’’

The WNBL season kicks off mid-October with the Spirit engaging in a grand final rematch.

‘‘We will open the season with a granny rematch against Townsville,’’ Chalmers said.

‘‘Which should be interesting.’’

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