The camp will provide the first opportunity for coach Brendan Joyce to continue to build the team chemistry and cohesion that was developed at the 2014 World Championships when Australia took home the bronze medal.
“We believe these players that will attend the first camp have a legitimate opportunity to make it onto the final Jayco Opals team, including the players that are still injured or unavailable,” said Joyce.
“We are working on developing the team chemistry to maintain that special feeling we had at the World Championships.
“It was a very important ingredient in our success in Turkey and I believe it will be an integral part in us getting on the podium at Rio as new players can come in to the team and simply join the comradery that has already been established.”
Laura Hodges is the only player not expected to attend the camp as she is still competing in France.
“We have looked for players that have the potential to go into the final squad as well as players that have already been within the program.
“Marianna is ahead of schedule as far as her injury goes. Brad Davidson and I have worked with her a couple of times a week at the Centre of Excellence and she is looking very good. We should know more about Lauren [Jackson’s] chances by the end of this week.”
With the full coaching staff, Joyce has already made three difficult decisions by not naming Belinda Snell, Kelly Wilson and Maddie Garrick for the camp.
“While I have been here, Snelly and Kelly’s commitment over the three years to the Jayco Opals program has been tremendous,” said Joyce.
“These are not easy decisions for the coaching staff to make but it’s important to make the decision early and let the girls know.
“Snelly will be invited to one of the camps in the next few months to help celebrate her career and commitment to the Jayco Opals with the entire team. For Maddie, we definitely see her as a player of the future.”
The first camp will be held at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Canberra.
“Traditionally, a majority of Jayco Opals camps have been in Canberra and the players enjoy the fact that everything is in the one place and within walking distance. The Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence provides the resources and ability to service the players in the best way possible.
The Jayco Australian Opals squad for Camp 1 (March 29-April 3):
|Abby||Bishop||University of Canberra Capitals|
|Katie Rae||Ebzery||Sydney Uni Flames|
|Stephanie||Talbot||University of Canberra Capitals|
- Laura Hodges - Bourges (France)
- Marianna Tolo
- Lauren Jackson – University of Canberra Capitals
- Kelsey Griffin – Bendigo Spirit
- Lauren Mansfield – SEQ Stars
- Elyse Penaluna – Melbourne Boomers
For all media enquiries and interview requests regarding the squad announcement, please contact:
Lizzie Joyce Publicity
0408 234 109