Cyclones winning team.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Cyclones winning team.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka ROK270816acyclone

Our Cyclones are back to back champions

BASKETBALL: Hegvold Stadium was a sea of celebration as the Rockhampton Cyclones made it back to back QBL championships tonight.

The second leg of the finals series proved the last as the Cyclones shut down the Mackay Meteorettes 85-68 in a pulsating performance.


Captain Alexandra Brady was an emotional figure in her post-game speech, pride etched on her face.

She said it doesn't get better than winning the championship.

"It feels a little surreal, a lot of relief and excitement. It is one of those things they you set out to achieve and we have got it," Brady told The Morning Bulletin.

"I knew that we had it in us, but back to back is tough so this is very special.

"The best thing about this group, big games come and we step up. I think Beck Haynes came out in the third quarter made some great plays. But everyone steps up at different times during the game."

Coach Chris Muggeridge was bursting with pride after the team's historic back-to-back championship win.

"I thought tonight's performance was outstanding and the way that we came out ready to roll... no one would have beaten us," he said.

"I'm very proud of the girls on their effort tonight. They're an excellent bunch of girls, they deserve everything they've got this season. Their commitment throughout the year's been second to none.

"They deserve back-to-back championships, the first time in the club's history."

Muggeridge had another reason to celebrate tonight, named the QBL Coach of the Year.

"Look, it's not really about me. I'm very proud to be able to receive two Coach of the Year awards but it's more about the girls doing their thing and winning championships," he said.

Muggeridge has guided the Cyclones to three grand finals and back-to-back championships in his time as coach.

He said his celebrations would be relatively reserved.

"I'm going to be a little bit different to everyone else. I'm going to go home and celebrate with my family and have a few quiet ones maybe.

"I'll get around to see the girls first and then sit back, put my legs up and relax."

Champagne was flying through the air at full-time saturating the Cyclones and the floor.

Brady hadn't had a swig yet but her time is up soon.

"I haven't had some champagne yet but I will soon," she said.

"It doesn't matter if you have done it before or not, there is nothing better."

Superstars Chandrea Jones and Shanavia Dowdell bagged 22 and 21 points in the win.

Dowdell was named as player of the finals series and was in the team of the year along with Jones.

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