Saints charge on

Tall Timbers Smithton Saints recruits Alex Ciabattoni and Josie Greenwood, both 22, are looking ahead to the second half of the North West Basketball Union season. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

NWBU. Two promising new additions join the Tall Timbers Smithton Saints as the club enters the second half of the North West Basketball Union season. 

Alex Ciabattoni and Josie Greenwood currently play for the Hobart Chargers in the South East Australian Basketball League as well as in the Southern Basketball League with the Glenorchy Spartans and Grenadiers respectively.

Recruited midway through the season, Ciabattoni enlisted Greenwood to join the squad shortly after.

“For me, basketball is my career at the moment,” Ciabattoni says.

“For the first time in a long time it’s my only focus.”

Adelaide, South Australia, Ciabattoni spent three years in the United States from 2012 studying at Newman University in Kansas and playing with the Newman Jets before returning to the Women’s National Basketball League in Australia in 2015 with Adelaide Lightning.

Set to graduate next month, Greenwood studied at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque playing with the Lobos. She is the younger sister of former US college basketballer and current Adelaide Crows AFL player Hugh Greenwood.

Between their commitment to the Chargers, Saints and respective SBL clubs, the pair play more than three games each week as well as training and travelling to games.

“I love the fact that basketball is a team sport,” Greenwood says.

“I just love playing with a team and the competitiveness of the game.”

The pair say they hope to boost Smithton’s programs and entice further recruits.

“I hope to bring some experience to the squad,” Ciabattoni says.

“They already have those key pieces, the local talent is really strong, so just to provide that extra experience.”

The Smithton Saints played a close game against the Latrobe Demons during round 13 of the North West Basketball Union on Tuesday night, going down 89 to 76 while the men claimed a win 80 to 91.

The Saints will host Ulverstone Hoppers on Tuesday (May 9) from 7pm.

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