Lifestyle in Tasmania – but specifically her adopted home of Launceston – has lured star import Mikaela Ruef back for a third SEABL season at the Tornadoes.
“I really enjoy my time in Tasmania, playing for the Tornadoes. It feels like my second home,” Ruef said.
“Launceston is a very friendly place, and the support myself and the team receives is amazing.
“I’ve made the most of my time when I am not playing basketball, trying to see as much of Tasmania as I can.
“I’ve built strong friendships with the players and Reece (Potter) has helped develop my overall game.”
Club chair Janie Finlay said re-signing Ruef a week after Lauren Mansfield committed was vital towards the Torns’ community values.
“The club has been working on developing a strong culture of support for the players and engagement with the local community and the players are really buying into this,” she said.
Ruef, 26, has been starring in the off-season for the University of Canberra Capitals.
She continued working with Potter – her WNBL club’s assistant coach – who is monitoring Ruef’s form.
The 191cm forward led the SEABL rebound count and has backed imposing figure under the boards with 11.6 per game for the Capitals.
“Mikaela has a great level of commitment to continual development and improvement,” Potter said.
“I'm sure this will again see her increase her output and contribution for our team...it is great to have another player show such commitment.”