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The Dribble Podcast: Former Perth Lynx captain Katie Ebzery opens up on retirement

Former Perth Lynx captain Katie Ebzery has no regrets about retiring after the Olympics, despite the team being in a position to challenge for the WNBL championship.

Ebzery called time on her outstanding WNBL career after representing Australia at the Olympics for the second time.

She retired with a World Cup silver medal and Commonwealth Games gold medal, but fell short of her WNBL championship dream during 304 games.

Ironically, Sydney Uni Flames won a championship during the one season she spent in Europe after captaining the club with distinction. The Lynx will play the Flames in Sydney on Wednesday as they close in on a top two finish, but Ebzery said retirement remained the correct decision.

“Training basically on my own before Tokyo was super draining and really contributed to knowing that motivation had really been lowered for me,” Ebzery told The West Australian’s The Dribble Podcast.

“Obviously they’re doing really well. It is what it is. Timing hasn’t always been great.

“But I’ve been able to achieve some other things.

“Ultimately a WNBL championship wasn’t one of them but I’m quite happy and satisfied with what I got out of my career.”

Katie Ebzery’s brilliant career saw her win medals for Australia but she fell short of a WNBL title.
Camera IconKatie Ebzery’s brilliant career saw her win medals for Australia but she fell short of a WNBL title. Credit: Hanna Lassen/Getty Images

The Lynx will finish the regular season with three interstate games after playing four matches in Perth across a packed eight-day period.

They lost two of those home games, including a shock defeat against the Flames, and gave up top spot to the University of Canberra Capitals.

Perth’s schedule is challenging given they also play Townsville Fire on Friday and Sunday, but the Fire have lost their past five games by an average of 20 points.

With a top-two finish guaranteed if they win all three matches, Ebzery is hoping they can end their 30-year championship drought.

Jackie Young will be hoping the Lynx can avenge their recent loss to the Sydney Uni Flames.
Camera IconJackie Young will be hoping the Lynx can avenge their recent loss to the Sydney Uni Flames. Credit: Will Russell/Getty Images

“It would be great,” she said.

“It’s been a little while since the Lynx have won. It would be really cool. They’ve been so close over the last few years. For them to win would obviously be great.

“Having played with a lot of them last season, it would be really nice to see them have that success.”

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