Canberra Capitals' 2013-14 co-captains Natalie Hurst, left, and Jess Bibby. Photo: Melissa Adams
One is a returning ''local legend'' with seven WNBL championship rings, while the other has captained the Canberra Capitals for the past three seasons.
Together, Natalie Hurst and Jess Bibby give the Capitals the perfect mix of on-court leadership and enthusiasm they hope can drive them back to the top of women's basketball.
Hurst and Bibby will share captaincy duties for the Capitals, starting with Saturday's season-opener against the Sydney Uni Flames at the AIS Arena.
It's the first time the Capitals have elected joint skippers since Shelley Sandie and Karen Smith both had the small ''c'' next to their names in 1999-2000.
That coincided with the Capitals winning their first of seven titles.
Hurst has been there for all of them. The 30-year-old point guard is back in a Capitals uniform for the first time in three seasons after honing her game in Europe.
The Australian Opals representative has come full circle - from bench-warmer in her early days to an integral part of the Capitals.
''Being part of the captaincy is a real honour for me and I'm looking forward to leading this team,'' Hurst said.
''I had great captains in front of me at the Capitals - Shelley Sandie, Eleanor Sharp, Kellie Abrams, Jess Bibby for a season - so it's something I've always wanted to do.
''I didn't think I would be doing it this season, but I'm happy to step in and share that with Jess.''
Elbow and groin injuries have hampered Hurst's pre-season, but it won't stop the 163cm terrier from controlling play and barking instructions.
As for Bibby, she's more than happy to share the load with her long-time teammate.
''I've had the privilege to captain the team for the past three years and with a local legend in Nat Hurst and coming back, it was only right that she was the captain,'' Bibby said.
''She's a wonderful leader and I'm happy to play a part and have Nat with me.''
The 18-year veteran will continue to provide spark off the bench and is an important part of the Capitals' second unit.
Capitals coach Carrie Graf believes the leadership styles of Hurst and Bibby complement each other nicely.
''It's a great fit for this team,'' Graf said. ''Bibby is the spiritual leader and is very positive, while Nat is an on-court floor general who can lead the troops from the front.
''Both of them lead from their work ethic.
''They set standards in how to go about their work as a semi-professional athlete.''