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Season over for Baranowski.

 

Wildcats’ American Centre Samantha Baranowski returned to America yesterday, (Friday 7th March) after failing to recover from concussion.Sam received the concussion in practice eight weeks ago and has not featured in any of the second half of the season games.  She will be a big loss to the Wildcats outfit, who prior to her injury, were arguably the form team in the division. They won the inaugural Betty Codona Classic and defeated the other three Top Four clubs, Sheffield, Cardiff and Loughborough in an impressive run of results.

Since then their form has stuttered as they have tried to make the necessary adjustments to playing without their influential centre.  The player and her agent came to a mutually beneficial agreement with the club, which allowed Baranowski to return home to New Jersey. The Wildcats will not be able to replace her, as the deadline for signing players was the 31st January 2014.  The Wildcats did ask for special dispensation on medical grounds, but England Basketball refused their request.

Chris Prior, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, which control the Wildcats commented on the situation.  “It is really disappointing for the whole club, but especially for Sam, Coach Dave Greenaway and her teammates, who were beginning to establish themselves as the team to beat.  Sam is the third player this season to suffer from concussion, an injury we have never had before, in my nearly forty years at the club.  The coaches and players have been working really hard to make the necessary adjustments to their playing style and hopefully if we make the Final Fours, we can make an impression.  It was a tough decision to let Sam go home, but she did not appear to be getting any better and it was felt for her own health and welfare, she would be better off at home with her family. She will be a big miss”.  

 

2 comments

  1. Admin

    Thanks Stephen for your kind comments. It is sad the season has ended this way for Samantha. She will be missed. Chris.

  2. Stephen Baranowski

    I am glad to have Sam home, but I wish she was healthy and happy back in England. She was enjoying Nottingham and her team mates. Best of luck to the Wildcats. Hope everyone else gets and stays healthy. They certainly looked like the team to beat, when I was there, in January. Had a wonderful visit. Some very nice girls, on the team. I’ll be rooting for all the Nottingham teams. Go Wildcats.

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