Bays welcome new recruits Serena Waters and Rani Grant

Glenelg Football Club is pleased to welcome two exciting recruits – Rani Grant and Serena Waters.

Grant, a New South Wales product, first stepped onto the scene in 2018 with the Coffs Harbour breakers, before spending a year at the Woolgoola Blues and then settling at the Gunnedah Bulldogs from 2020 – 2022.

No matter where she’s played, Grant has been a standout performer, awarded Best & Fairest in 2018, 2019 and 2021, along with runner up Best & Fairest in 2022. The versatile footballer is well loved by her teammates and has also been named the Player’s Player for the past two years.

The 27-year old is now looking forward to donning the black and gold in the SANFL competition.

“I came to Glenelg for all the new and exciting opportunities they have to offer,” she said.

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While Serena Waters’ football career is only just blossoming, she is no stranger to the professional sports scene. The expert basketballer completed a scholarship at Barker College – a boarding school in NSW with focused basketball programs – and has been playing Nationals since the age of 13.

At 18-years old, the shooting guard received five scholarship offers from top US colleges. But it wasn’t to be, as she suffered two ACL injuries in less than a year. Although, this hasn’t stopped Waters from thriving post recovery, with career highlights including being a train on for the Sydney Uni Flames in the WNBL, playing at South Plains College (Texas) in 2020-21, and featuring in the NBL1 Woodville Warriors team.

Recently, the 21-year old was also a star recruit for the Darwin Salties – the Northern Territory’s first representative team in the NBL1 North competition. This was a particularly special opportunity for Waters, who was able to represent her culture in Indigenous Round 2022.

Now, she is excited to make the transition to footy.

“I have been playing basketball for almost a decade now, and I think that there are so many opportunities that I can’t wait to explore now. Coming from basketball, I’m big on club culture and leadership, and Glenelg is the perfect example of that,” Waters said.

The club looks forward to seeing the impact Rani and Serena have in 2023.

Source: South Plains College