Opal stars test out Logan Metro

Published: 10 Apr 2015

Three of Australia's leading female basketball stars have gathered in Logan to build the foundations of the WNBL's newest team following a council decision to pursue a partnership with SEQ Basketball.

Coach Shane Heal and team captain Erin Phillips met with fellow Australian Opals Rachel Jarry and Rebecca Allen at Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre before the trio head back to America for the WNBA season.

City of Logan Mayor Pam Parker said it was fantastic to see the new WNBL team taking shape and to have the three Opals together at South East Queensland's premier basketball facility.

"Logan loves basketball and we are very excited about the prospect of a return of elite level sport to the city," she said.

"We will continue to work with SEQ Basketball and are confident this team will be fully embraced by the people of Logan, Brisbane and all of South East Queensland."

All three players will return to Queensland later in the year to assist the SEQ Basketball team to chase a championship in the team's debut season.

Sports and Community Services Committee Chair Cr Russell Lutton said the visit demonstrated the value of assets such as Logan Metro Sports Centre to the community.

"We have a world-class facility here at Logan Metro and having elite level players in the city demonstrates to juniors and older players that there is a pathway to professional sport right here in the city," he said.

"I'm very excited to see the team shape up and at the prospect of them finding a home in Logan."

Shane Heal and three Australian Opals joined Mayor Pam Parker at Logan Metro