News that Darcy Rose will miss the Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats 2019 campaign will be a disappointment for all Wildcats followers.
Since arriving in Christchurch in 2013 to study for her PhD in linguistics at the University of Canterbury Darcy has become a well-known face on the Canterbury basketball scene. Most notably she has been a member of the Wildcats team for four of the past five years and a key component of the Women’s Basketball Championship (WBC) winning team in 2017.
Wildcats Head Coach Lori McDaniel praised the contribution of her influential power forward. “The Wildcats will have big shoes to fill in the absence of Darcy. She played a key role in the championship success of the Wildcats with her vocal leadership, offensive prowess, and her ability to defend in the paint.”
Darcy is no stranger to winning basketball titles. At Dartmouth College, the prestigious American Ivy League school, Darcy played 114 games for the Big Green – the second highest number of appearances all-time in the women’s basketball programme at Dartmouth.
Dartmouth won the Ivy League Championship in her freshman season and again in her senior year in 2009 when she was the team captain.
In addition to the skill and leadership she has displayed in the Wildcats programme Darcy has played for the University of Canterbury and Halswell clubs, coached the Rangi Ruru Senior Girls team for two seasons and had involvement in the Canterbury development and representative programmes.
“One of the highlights of my time in Canterbury has been my involvement coaching girls basketball. There is a lot of talent, people love basketball and want the game to grow,” said Darcy.
“I coached the Rangi Ruru team in 2016 and 2017 and we won the Whelan Trophy which is a nice memory,” she added
Her varied contribution to Canterbury basketball is appreciated by many including Lori.
“Darcy not only gave a huge contribution on the court, but also in the Canterbury Basketball community. Darcy has been a key contributor to the growth of the female game in Christchurch over the past five years.”
Darcy will return home to Colorado, USA this year to be close to family and settle into a non-basketball professional life.
“I have enjoyed New Zealand and met some great people. The landscape and scenery in New Zealand is spectacular and I have enjoyed the opportunity to visit some beautiful locations. All good things come to an end and now seems the right time to return home,” said Darcy.
“We wish Darcy well in her new endeavours but we will miss her passion, communication and leadership,” added Lori.
We all echo those sentiments.