On Wednesday, November 3, Shawn from ourWNBL.com caught up with Bulleen Melbourne Boomers star Katrina Hibbert before she headed off to training. Hibbert was named the inaugural ourWNBL.com Player of the Week for her excellent performances in Round 5.
(ourWNBL was a fan site run by Shawn and Misch back in 2004)
What's been behind the Boomers' early success this season?
I think it's probably been our preseason. We started about six weeks earlier and worked on our fitness. We finished really well last season and we kept the same core group, and we've just carried on this year and everything seems to be working out really well.
What goals have you set for yourself this season?
To make the finals. Obviously Bulleen hasn't done that for many years and first step is to get into the finals and I think once we're there we have a really good shot at it.
Do you have any plans on trying to get back in the WNBA?
I actually have my agent working on the side a bit - I've got to send him some game tape. I hope this would be the year for me to try and get into training camp anywhere and then see what happens from there, but I definitely would love to get back to America.
We definitely love our Aussies here especially after this past season?
When I was in Seattle everyone was really cool like the fans and just the whole crew. It was the Seattle Storm - awesome.
If you could have one aspect of another player's game, what would it be and from who?
The ability to jump [laughs]. Probably just a little bit more speed. Athleticism, I guess is the word I'm looking for [laughs].
What has been the most memorable achievement in your career?
Most memorable achievement... ahh that's a toughy. I did enjoy myself in Seattle. I think probably in college my senior year we made it to the Elite Eight and that was quite an experience. Playing for Coach Gunter who's an awesome woman and coach and it was a great bunch of girls. Probably that would be one of them that I can think of right now.
Do you have any secret talents that your fans might not be aware of?
Secret talents... well it wouldn't be a secret then would it [laughs]. Let me think... [laughs] I can't think of anything! I wish I could be creative on the spot but secret talents... nah can't think of anything, I'm sorry. I'm a very boring person.
That's alright. I thank you for your time. Good luck this season, you did well during round 5, good work and I hope to see you in Seattle again some time?
Yeah I need to go back and visit anyway so, you never know.
You never know. Good luck in practice tonight, alright?
Hey can I ask you a quick question? Who's winning the election? [laughs]
Right now? Hold on.
Let's see Bush needs 270 electoral votes and he's up 246 to 195.
So he's looking pretty good.
Yeah if Bush wins Ohio coming up here, it's pretty much over.
Oh ok, thanks. [laughs]
If Kerry wins it, it might be a tie but we should know by the end of tonight.
Oh great, fantastic, thank you for that.
Hey thank you.
Alright, well nice talking to you.
Nice talking to you, good night.
See you later, bye.