Dau & Mayen Are United

Geelong United is excited to welcome our newest additions to the NBL1 Women’s roster, Nyakiir Dau and Yar Mayen.


Nyakiir joins us after recently representing her country, South Sudan in the FIBA Women’s Afrobasket in Uganda in 2023.

Starting her basketball journey at 14 years of age, Dau was originally looking for something to play for fun at school – Fast forward a few years and her love for the game saw a much more serious approach begin to form. Nyakiir would go on to play in multiple National South Sudanese tournaments in Australia for the Canberra Eagles, finding championship success in 2016.

Regarding her siging with Geelong, Nyakiir is ready to take on the challenge NBL1 basketball offers – “I wanted to really explore and step out of my comfort zone with basketball, and Geelong sounded like the perfect place for me. I’m super excited for the season, I think we can be at the top if we all play our cards right. My hope is to have lots of wins and be a better basketball player at the end, but most importantly remembering to have fun and enjoy the experience.”


Yar comes to our women’s squad after also recently representing her country, South Sudan in the FIBA Women’s Afrobasket in Uganda in 2023.

A talented junior, Mayen was an u20 representative for Canberra in 2015, then going on to play college basketball for Highland Community College in Kansas from 2017-2019.

As for NBL1 experience, Yar has spent the past 3 seasons with the Canberra Nationals of the NBL1 East Conference, with career averages of 4.48 points, 0.96 rebounds and 0.7  assists per game.

Speaking on her new NBL1 home, Mayen is looking to get everything she can out of the upcoming season – “I’m excited to explore all that Geelong has to offer. Even through my introduction hosting Supercamps this past week, I can see that the basketball culture here is very strong, and that makes me very eager to get out in front of the home crowd at the Geelong arena.”

For more on the signing of Nyakiir Dau and Yar Mayen, check back soon for more with the Geelong Times.