FORMER Bulleen Boomer Jenna O’Hea will find out Sunday if her pre-season move to cross-town rival Dandenong was all worth it when the teams battle for the WNBL Championship at The Cage.
O’Hea has had a strong season, averaging 16.1 points and 4.7 assists, and Dandenong Rangers assistant coach Andrew Sharwell said O’Hea improved defence complimented her ability to attack.
“She’s been a leader on court for us and has really stepped it up all year going up against the best players in the league,” Sharwell said.
A 66-30 run in the second half helped the Rangers overpower minor-premier Adelaide in the preliminary final last week but O’Hea and her Ranger teammates will need to lift again this week.
Headed by eight-time championship coach Tom Maher, Bulleen’s all-star outfit is in their fourth consecutive grand final and haven’t lost to Dandenong in three years.
Both selected in the 2011 WNBA draft, Bulleen’s Liz Cambage and Rachel Jarry have dominated the Rangers this season. The duo has averaged 38.3 points and 11.8 rebounds to set up wins in each of the three ties. Speaking on WNBL iTV, Jarry says the signs are good.
“Liz has run into form at the right time. She’s got her game-face on. She’s going to be a massive focus for us,” Jarry said.
ABC commentator Lori Chizik agrees that Cambage’s performance will define the match.
“When she has that game-face she’s scary, she’s almost unstoppable,” Chizik said. “Along with the experience of Tom Maher, it should get them over the line.”
ABC1 will broadcast the game live 3pm Sunday.