Launceston Tornadoes coach Lauren Mansfield to return for the 2017 SEABL season

Launceston Tornadoes captain Lauren Mansfield
Launceston Tornadoes captain Lauren Mansfield

The Launceston Tornadoes have announced that Lauren Mansfield will return for her fifth year with the club for the 2017 SEABL season.

Club chairwoman Janie Finlay and head coach Reece Potter both welcomed the signing of the player who has captained the Tornadoes for the past three seasons.

“Lauren has a huge following among our supporters and especially our youngest fans. On and off the court she is adored and we just can’t wait to have her back again in the Tornadoes uniform,” Finlay said.

Potter has been keeping a close eye on Mansfield as she plays for the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL, where he is assistant coach.

“Having our captain return for her fifth straight season is a massive boost for our club and the greater Northern Basketball community going into the 2017 SEABL season,” he said. “Her dedication and commitment to the program is a testament to her character and loyalty. The relationship that has developed between her, the club and the broader Tasmanian community is truly something special.

“Lauren has proven herself over the last two WNBL seasons to be one of the best point guards in the country, sits second in assists in the WNBL and is averaging over 15 points per game, and has led the resurrection of the Capitals as a WNBL force after they finished last in 2016.

“She will form a key piece of our rotation and success both on and off court next season. With her all-round skill package, Lauren excites the crowd and is a handful for all opponents to contain.” 

Mansfield said she was excited to return to the Launceston Tornadoes.

“The club has really started to develop a winning culture over the past two seasons and I know we are all looking to continue what we have started. I look forward to working with our coaching staff and continue to develop the younger local players who are starting to have an impact in the SEABL.”