All-action Aussie Georgia Ohrdorf already has one eye on her second season in a Newcastle Eagles vest – just weeks after bursting onto the WBBL scene.
The versatile forward made her first All-Star Five last month after coming off the bench to sink 15 points in just 16 minutes against London Lions.
And Ohrdorf added 10 rebounds and five assists to hit red hot form in time for today’s visit of Oaklands Wolves.
“I like the relaxed environment at Northumbria University and I love the feelgood factor around the Eagles roster,” said the charismatic rookie.
“The plan is that I’ll be here for at least two years and who knows after that? I love living in Newcastle – off the court it’s a great place to be and on the court I can see the team going far.
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“I’ve got an opportunity to focus on my academic work and there’s still plenty of time for practice. It’s the perfect combination.”
Ohrdorf is studying for a Masters degree in Public Health at Northumbria and has already shadowed the Newcastle Eagles’ men’s team as they deliver the award winning Hoops For Health programme across the North East.
Doing more to promote the health benefits of basketball is close to her heart – as is her family in the Australian town of Wollongong.
A degree of homesickness is the only downside to a move that has reaped instant rewards.
And Ohrdorf added: “People assume that I must know some other Aussies over here but I don’t think I do!
“I’m missing my family – my mum’s desperate to come over here but with work commitments and the cost of flights I don’t know when or if she’ll make it.
“She gets up in the early hours of the morning back home to watch the streams of our games and absolutely loves it.
“But it would be great if she could get across once we’ve moved into the new Eagles Community Arena.”
Ohrdorf is pushing hard for a starting five spot against the Wolves as Newcastle seek to kickstart their league season.
But coach Chris Bunten can see the benefit of using his close-season signing off the bench when the Eagles require a fresh burst of enthusiasm and energy.
“Georgia’s attitude is infectious and she always gives 100%,” he said. “She’s a typical Aussie athlete in that respect and I love what she brings to the team.
“She was outstanding against London and I’ll be looking for the same contribution again this weekend.”
Tip-off against the Wolves is 4pm at Sport Central. Admission is £5 and all our BBL season ticket holders can get in free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at:
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