WNBL veteran Hill retires

Jo Hill has retired from the Women's National Basketball League after a long and illustrious career.
Jo Hill has retired from the Women's National Basketball League after a long and illustrious career.
Jo Hill has retired from the WNBL after 17 seasons.

Jo Hill has retired from the WNBL after 17 seasons.

JO Hill has played her final and 351st Womens' National Basketball League game.

She played 202 games for Adelaide, 47 for North Adelaide, 42 AIS, 20 Canberra and 40 Townsville, plus seven years playing in Europe.

Hill, who was born in Murray Bridge and still has family in the city, just completed her fourth decade and 17th season in the WNBL.

Her final night on court couldn't have gone any better.

She had a stadium packed with friends, family and supporters, she had great minutes on court, scored the first and last points for her team, and her team-mates dug deep and won the match against finalists Dandenong.

Hill had a distinguished career winning a gold medal in 1993 in the Australian team at the Women's Youth World Championship - the first Australian gold medal at a World Championship ever.

In 1998 she won a bronze medal at the Women's World Championship and an Olympic silver medal in 2000.

She has WNBL life membership, made the WNBL All-Star Five in 2000 and has won five WNBL championships (North Adelaide 1990, Adelaide Lightning 1994-1996, 1998.)

Hill, 40, has not retired from sport altogether.

She will still play for the North Adelaide Rockets this season and play netball for Jervois in the River Murray Netball Association.

Hill has not been able to commit fully to netball the last few seasons but this season, she is committed to helping the Bluds play finals netball.

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