When former Sydney Suns coach Yew Eng Ng decided to take up a co-coaching role with Tamara Davis at the Brisbane Breakers this year, they wanted to build a roster that could compete for the Australian Ultimate League title.
The Breakers fought hard and were successful in the inaugural Australian Ultimate League season in 2018, but ultimately finished just one game short of the grand final.
Yewy and Tamara have retained the core roster of that Breakers side but has added some real punch to the squad as well – including bringing former Sydney Sun Rachel Parsons along with him.
“I lived in Brisbane for a year and knew most of the core players … they are a good bunch of players and good people so it sounded like a good time,” she said.
“The core players are fairly similar to 2018, but Yewy brought in a few hot shots.
“Ring in players like Braden Cheng with his speed, Brett Matzuka whose highlight reel is just ridiculous and Ava Mueller who is still so young but with throws and height definitely provides x-factor.”
Happy to fulfil the utility role for the Brisbane Breakers
Rachel said her greatest asset was her versatility after the 24-year-old enjoyed stints in the mixed under-23 team and the women’s under-24 side.
“I don’t really define myself as a specialist handler, I like to do a bit of everything,” she said.
“I am pretty flexible fitting into a different team and filling what role needs to be filled.”In this team, I am playing a utility role, a bit of handling, a bit of cutting … Yewy has the bases covered pretty well.”
AUL a worthy investment
Playing in the Australian Ultimate League is a dream come true for Rachel, who was full of praise to the team behind the league for delivering a true, gender-equitable competition to the Australian landscape.
“It brings professionalism and respect that a lot of people in the Ultimate community deserve,” she said.
“Given how much time and money and effort they have invested into being some of the best athletes in this sport.
“The emphasis on the league to have gender equity is amazing.
“The platform it creates is really important, it allows female athletes to become elite professionals and showcase their skills more broadly.”