Mildura Rural City Council struck a deal with WNBL team Bendigo Spirit last week, which will see the side travel to Mildura to play at the Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct twice this year.

The pro women’s team plans to play a preseason exhibition in October and a regular season game in December, and is also striving to visit local schools and link up with the Mildura Heat to kick-off a talent scouting program.

Bendigo Spirit Commercial Partnerships Manager, Michael McIvor said the decision was a no-brainer.

“We’ve long had the vision that we’re bigger than Bendigo, we’re regional Victoria’s team, and seeing as these facilities are brand new we’re really excited to be taking the Spirit out to this region,” he said.

“The WNBL is the second best women’s basketball competition in the entire world so it’s fantastic to be able to bring that here to Mildura.”

Spirit head coach, Tracy York was also excited about the opportunity, with the chance to inspire local girls and hopefully also find some talent both at the front of her mind.

“The chance to come here and play and then in turn inspire and motivate young girls is amazing,” she said.

“Our very own Tessa Lavey comes from Swan Hill, so we know the kind of talent that exists in the Mallee Region and with the new precinct launching in the near future, the next wave of athletes will have top level facilities to hone their skills.

“You never know, we might find the next Spirit superstar right here in Mildura.”