As preparations continue for the 20/21 season, Caledonia Pride are very pleased to see the return of Maela Faleu and Jenna Beattie.
For 19 year old Maela, this will be her third season with Pride, with the point guard having had a more established role last season alongside making the transition to beginning her studies at the University of Edinburgh.
Ahead of the season, Maela said: “I’m really excited to be a part of the Pride programme again this season, after everything that has happened with the pandemic. Playing with more precautions will be difficult, but I am confident we will adapt to the changes put in place. I can’t wait to be back on court with my teammates playing the sport I love.”
26 year old Jenna returns for her second season with Pride, having been one of the top players in the Scottish Basketball Championships for a number of seasons before that. Jenna continues to balance playing in the WBBL with her busy career as a dentist.
Jenna said: “I’m delighted to be with Pride for another season, and most of all to step onto a court with my team mates again after a long 6 months apart.”
On the return of the pair, Pride head coach Bart Sengers said “With Jenna and Maela we bring more of the core players from last season back.”
Regarding Beattie, Sengers continued: “Jenna in her first season didn’t play as much as she would have liked, but the impact she had on the team was much bigger than one might think. We like her leadership and she embodies what we look for in a teammate. Having had a season to get used to the intensity and the load, I am expecting Jenna to make an even bigger impact this season on and off the court. When she finds her rhythm, I think she might surprise some people with her scoring ability.”
In relation to Faleu, the play caller commented: “Maela has put in a lot of work over the summer and during the extended covid break. She has gotten stronger, but even more importantly, she seems to have gained some confidence and mental strength. This will help her take on the responsibilities she likes to have on the court while staying composed. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her make a big jump this season. There is a lot of so-called upside to her game.”