WNBL champion Cosier to referee Capitals this season

Sport.  Canberra Capitals vs West Coast Waves at AIS Arena.   Canberra Capitals player Michelle Cosier watches the game from the bench.   9 November 2014.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.
Sport. Canberra Capitals vs West Coast Waves at AIS Arena. Canberra Capitals player Michelle Cosier watches the game from the bench. 9 November 2014. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Canberra Capitals championship-winner Michelle Cosier will complete her transition from player to official when she takes charge of WNBL games just two years after retiring.

Cosier has been included on the WNBL referee's panel for the 2017-18 season, joining husband Simon, Jack Taylor and Robert Rice as the Canberra contingent.

Cosier helped lift the Capitals to their last title before ending a 15-year career to test herself in netball and women's AFL before settling on refereeing.

She has been identified by Basketball Australia as a future NBL official and could take charge of her first WNBL game when the Capitals start their season against Bendigo on October 6.

The Capitals will continue their pre-season campaign when they play against defending champion Sydney on Saturday as they continue preparations for a drought-breaking finals bid.

The Capitals haven't made the finals since Cosier was part of the club's roster, but coach Paul Goriss hopes new United States recruit Jordan Hooper add power to their bid.

Hooper arrived in Canberra on Monday and completed a double training session on Tuesday to fast-track her Capitals adjustment.

The 25-year-old played for four different teams in the WNBA this season after being moved between teams as part of a trade frenzy.

But after stops in Connecticut, Atlanta and Chicago, Hooper hopes she's found a home in Canberra.

"It was a little bit stressful [in the WNBA] this season, but it has all turned out OK," Hooper said.

"It was the way it was supposed to happen and everything is OK now, so that's good. It did make it hard to settle down, but personally I just took it in my stride.

"I think I can make this transition in Canberra, two weeks is probably the longest I've had to prepare. It's good to just have a team and know that I'm wanted and needed for a little while."

Hooper is the last Capitals player to arrive for pre-season training, giving Goriss a chance to start planning for the first game of the season against Bendigo.

Hooper, a former All-American college forward while studying at Nebraska, will shoulder a versatile workload in her return to the WNBL after previously playing for South East Queensland.

"I'm really excited that our roster is complete, everyone is in Canberra and we're ready to go," Goriss said.

"She did two sessions not long after arriving, straight away that tells me how hard of a worker she is and how much she wants to be here.

"She adds huge versatility and that's one of the reasons we recruited her. She can shoot the three, play off the dribble and post people up.

"We've spoken about helping her getting better ... she brings a whole lot of tools and versatility."

CAPITALS PRE-SEASON

Saturday: Sydney Flames v Capitals at Brydens Stadium, Sydney, 3pm.

CANBERRA CAPITALS WNBL DRAW

October 6: Capitals v Bendigo Spirit at National Convention Centre, 7.30pm.

October 8: Capitals v Adelaide Lightning at National Convention Centre, 3pm

October 13: Townsville Fire v Capitals at Townsville, 7pm.

October 15: Capitals v Melbourne Boomers at National Convention Centre, 3pm.

October 22: Capitals v Dandenong Rangers at National Convention Centre, 3pm.

October 25: Adelaide Lightning v Capitals at Adelaide, 7pm.

October 27: Capitals v Townsville Fire at National Convention Centre, 7.30pm.

November 2: Sydney Flames v Capitals at Sydney, 7pm.

November 4: Capitals v Sydney Flames at National Convention Centre, 3pm.

November 11: Perth Lynx v Capitals at Perth, 9.30pm.

November 18: Melbourne Boomers v Capitals at Melbourne, 3pm.

November 25: Capitals v Bendigo Spirit at Melbourne, 5pm.

November 30: Perth Lynx v Capitals at Perth, 9.30pm.

December 2: Melbourne Boomers v Capitals at Melbourne, 7.30pm.

December 7: Capitals v Sydney Flames at National Convention Centre, 7.30pm.

December 9: Dandenong Rangers v Capitals at Dandenong, 7pm.

December 14: Bendigo Spirit v Capitals at Bendigo, 7pm.

December 17: Capitals v Adelaide Lightning at National Convention Centre, 3pm.

December 21: Capitals v Townsville at National Convention Centre, 7.30pm.

December 23: Dandenong Rangers v Capitals at Dandenong, 6.30pm.

December 29: Capitals v Perth Lynx at National Convention Centre, 7.30pm.

This story WNBL champion Cosier to referee Capitals this season first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.