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Emerging star Maddison Rocci set to shine with Canberra Capitals

17 April 2018 2:27 AM
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"To be honest I thought it was pretty tough at the start," Rocci said.

"To come in as a rookie into the WNBL, it’s a totally different ball game. To get the opportunity to start was so amazing and it was a good opportunity for me to see exactly how the competition really is.

"At the start it was challenging but once I settled in and got to know all the girls really well, I found it was a lot easier.

"As a coach, [Goriss has been] there for me for a lot of things that have gone wrong, and for him to be there has been good for everything really."

Rocci will deputise for veteran point guard Leilani Mitchell and link up with Opals star Kelsey Griffin, Keely Froling and Lauren Scherf on Canberra's roster.

Rocci is spending the off-season with Diamond Valley in the SEABL alongside Scherf and former Capitals teammates Abbey Wehrung, Ezi Magbegor and Chevannah Paalvast.

She hopes her game will reach another level when she links up with Mitchell.

"Seeing her play in other teams and seeing what she is capable of, to be able to train against the best point guard is going to be really good for my development, so that will be an amazing thing to do."

Goriss is hoping to use his gold medal-winning experience as an Australian Opals assistant at the Commonwealth Games to steer the proud club into a new golden era, and he wants Rocci there every step of the way.

"I coached her in the under 19 program and at the COE, and I knew she was talented," Goriss said.


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