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Blacking out as Carly says adieu

IT'S BLACK-OUT night for the Adelaide 36ers tonight against Sydney Kings in the NBL and for MAC Adelaide Lightning hosting WNBL leader Dandenong Rangers.

Yes, South Australia has experienced far too many black-outs for real of late and that one in Cairns earlier in the NBL season didn't do the Taipans much good either.

But tonight it means a chance for the home teams to don their popular black uniforms.

Before they do though, here's a quick flashback to some work from Thursday's game with the 36ers against Brisbane, captured by Kelly Barnes at All Star Photos.

That's Terrance Ferguson taking the feed from Sam Johns and soaring over the grounded Bullets for a spectacular slam.

You have to love that.

Back to tonight, and that's 36ers captain Mitch Creek and Lightning recruit Anneli Maley modelling the black uniforms ahead of their double-header at Titanium Security Arena.

THE pink socks were the first thing I noticed when Carly Wilson steadily rose through the WNBL ranks as one of its premier two-guards.

She had nice size for the role, range on her shot, a high IQ and defensively was committed to it, not taking a breather when her team didn't have the ball.

It was impossible not to notice her and even harder not to immediately appreciate her talent.

Carly announced her retirement yesterday, effective at the end of the season with the Uni of Canberra Capitals.

Her career has spanned 17 seasons after firing her first shots with Dandenong Rangers as a 15-year-old WNBL prodigy.

Three championships, a gold medal with the Opals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games - that was a big year for the Opals with the World Championship gold medal to follow - and a stint in Europe at France's Challes-les-Eaux speak to a terrific career and nationwide respect.

“It’s a decision that has developed naturally,” Wilson said. “I think knowing the time is right and that I am going out on my own terms makes my retirement a lot easier to deal with.

“While I wanted the team to know of my decision now, we have a job to do and need to focus on our remaining games and making the finals.”

Carly bows out as Canberra's captain, still hoping to take them back to the playoffs, a coaching career looming in her future, if television isn't smart enough to recruit her somewhere in between.

From animal activist to pole dancing wiz, Carly is and has been a fabulous role model whose presence on the court will sorely be missed.

“Moving into a coaching role feels like a logical step for me, but at the moment I am looking forward to having a break and having weekends off,” she said.

Of course if BA can get the WNBL back on television, it has a readymade star to take up the microphone.

Jan 21

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