WNBL star Mikaela Dombkins making her mark in Newcastle netball

Mikaela Dombkins in action for the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL in 2012.
Mikaela Dombkins in action for the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL in 2012.

BNC Whanau will again look to the agility of former national league basketball guard Mikaela Dombkins in the goal circle when they face Forsythes in round six of the Newcastle open netball championship on Saturday.

Dombkins a Newcastle Hunters junior, played with the AIS, Sydney Uni, Canberra and Adelaide in the Women’s National Basketball League but has since turned her hand to netball.

The 30-year-old is playing with GWS Fury in the NSW Premier League this season with Victoria Aoake and both are backing up for BNC Whanau, who are fourth on the ladder and equal with Forsythes on 15 points with three wins.

Former premiership-winning Junction Hotel captain and shooter Caity Lobston is also with a new-look BNC this year. Lobston, back after a season off, said Dombkins was a relative newcomer to the sport but was already proving hard to stop.

“She’s been playing goal shooter, goal attack and she’s very agile and able to use her height,” Lobston said.

“It’s been a big adjustment for her but she’s doing well.”

BNC lost by only five goals to unbeaten leaders Wests Leagues two weeks ago and shape as dark horses this season. Lobston said they expected a tough game against Forsythes but had been training hard on their new combinations.

In the other 2.30pm game Saturday, Souths Pride play Souths Lions. At 3.45pm, Junction Stella take on Maryville Tavern and West Leagues meet Nova Thunder.

On Thursday night, Hunter United beat Eastwood Ryde 50-41 in Metro League division one.