Rose Anderson rejoins Kats for derby with Polonia

Rose Anderson. Picture by JANE BARLOW
Rose Anderson. Picture by JANE BARLOW
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Scotland’s first female Olympic basketball player, Rose Anderson, is all set to make a comeback for her first club Edinburgh Kool Kats in their derby with Polonia Phoenix at the Crags Sports Centre on Sunday (3.20pm).

Anderson, who is at home staying with her parents in Meadowmill as she contemplates a career change, has been back training with the Kats, who opened their season with a splendid away victory in the Scottish Cup over St Mirren.

Picture by JANE BARLOW. 18th April 2012. 100 Days Before Olympics: Rose Anderson, a Scottish basketball player from Portobello who may make the GB Basketball Team for the London Olympics having spent five years living and playing in America and Edinburgh.

Picture by JANE BARLOW. 18th April 2012. 100 Days Before Olympics: Rose Anderson, a Scottish basketball player from Portobello who may make the GB Basketball Team for the London Olympics having spent five years living and playing in America and Edinburgh.

But they only had six players that day and would certainly welcome the additional spark that the powerful left-handed Portobello High School FP would give them.

There is one possible snag and that is that Anderson, who represented Great Britain in the 2013 Eurobasket Championships in France last June as well as in last year’s 2012 London Olympics, has to get clearance from her last club St Paule-Reze in France, which she is not rejoining.

Anderson’s addition to the Kats ranks is probably not the news the champions Polonia wanted to hear ahead of the first Scottish League city derby of the season. Their 47-43 away defeat to Falkirk Fury was not the best of starts in defence of their title and they have suffered several blows since their championship triumph with the loss of Les Jackson (retired), Claire Paxton (to the USA) and Ali Mitchell (travelling).

But, with Cathy Mitchell returning, experienced internationalists Julie Ritchie and Lynsey Lochhead still there, and young prospects such as Seona Paxton, Hilary Wood and Beth Mackie still to call on, they are far from lacking in talent. Two former Polonia players helped Glasgow University beat Robert Gordon University 63-22 this week, Megan Forde scoring seven points and captain Charlotte Gannon four.