The BNZ Northern Kāhu have signed Tess Madgen who captained the Australian Opals at the 2022 FIBA World Cup where the Australians claimed a bronze medal. Only last month Tessa led the Australian team to a bronze medal finish at the 2023 FIBA Asia Cup in Sydney scoring 14 points against the Tall Ferns in the bronze medal game.
She debuted for Australia in 2011 and has since made over 70 appearances in the green and gold singlet. She played on the silver medal winning team at the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain whilst also appearing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Tess first played in the Australian WNBL for the Australian Institute of Sport as a teenager in 2008 and has subsequently played for Melbourne Boomers, Bendigo Spirit and Townsville Fire, winning a championship with the Boomers in 2022. Has signed to play for Sydney Flames for the 2023/24 season.
Madgen played in the WNBA for the Phoenix Mercury in 2015 and also played one season in Poland (2015-16).
Speaking of her signing Penina Davidson couldn’t speak more highly of a player she has shared the court with previously.
“Madgey is the captain of the Australian Opals, a Top-3 team in the world.
“I've had the privilege to see her leadership and competitiveness lead us to a championship with the Boomers.
“I’ve witnessed how much she cares about people and women in sports - such a wonderful quality that I love about her! Her heart alone makes us the luckiest team in the league to have picked her up.”