Sunbury Jets sign key duo

Orla O'Reilly. (Shawn Smits)

Tara Murray

The Sunbury Jets have announced the return of two of their biggest stars for the upcoming Big V women’s championship season.

The Jets last week announced that Orla O’Reilly and Jacinta Beckley would take to the court this season.

O’Reilly has been a star of not only the Jets, but the competition in her three seasons at the club, having been named an all-star each year.

She was also the league grand final most valuable player in 2018.

O’Reilly said she was excited to get back on the court following a year off after the birth of her first child.

“I am thrilled to be back with Sunbury for another season,” she said.

“After a year away from basketball, it’s so great to be back on the court with the girls.

“I’m excited to get started and am looking forward to be competing for another championship.”

Coach John White said O’Reilly brings an unparalleled level of creativity and excitement to the team.

“Orla’s ability to score when needed, her craftiness on and off the ball, and her ability to facilitate and bring others into the game are impressive but what stands out, even more, is that she is a professional and she lives it.

“Her leadership and approach to the game will only help our group grow.”

Beckley is another key piece of the puzzle for the Jets. She was part of the team in 2019 and was due to suit up for the 2020 season before it was cancelled.

Beckley returned to New Zealand during lockdown and said she was excited to get back to Sunbury after so long away.

White said he was ecstatic when he heard that Beckley was keen to return.

“Having Jacinta back at the Jets will bring more IQ and stability to our frontcourt, on top of that, she’s been working hard back home and is in amazing shape so I can’t wait to see what the next level of her game look likes.”

The Jets kick off their season at home on March 4 against Chelsea.