Friday, February 08, 2008

Cheer girl goes wild in hometown 

Posted by Sasha at 5:56 PM ET

This one's from Down Under...

Northern Territory News

SHE might be exactly half a metre shorter than the team's tallest player, but cheerleader Kelly Delaney owns the court when the lights go crazy.

The 163cm dancer is a Darwin girl from way back.

And she returned to her old haunts as part of the Perth Wildcats/West Sydney Razorbacks biffo at Marrara last night.

Finishing touches on preparations for the clash were being made midday yesterday -- extra plastic chairs in place, carpets laid, and banners straightened while techies punished the music system.

Enter stage left eight pairs of taut legs and a perky pony tail or two.

And don't forget the pom poms.

The Aussie Cash dance squad, the Wildcats' force of athletic dancers, arrived in their no-fuss shorty shorts to stomp the floor for rehearsal.

Kelly, or `Kel', 28, is in her third year as part of the troupe and is loving being back in the Top End.

"Darwin has such a beautiful laidback atmosphere and people are so friendly and happy to see visitors,'' she said.

Kel has been twirling about since she was eight, and spent four years in London as part of the Royal Ballet School and Company.

She moved to Perth about three years ago, and auditioned for the Wildcats job.

"It's pretty much the only steady professional gig in Western Australia,'' she said.

"Which is why people say our squad of dancers is the best in the NBL. [Australia's National Basketball League]''

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