Before a packed stadium, the Jayco Australian Opals have put up a great fight against a strong China side before succumbing to the home team by eight points this morning, in their third match-up of the Qi Yi Four Nation tournament. The win saw China seal first place in the tournament before a packed home crowd.
The Jayco Australian Opals have gone down to Brazil in their opening match of the Qi Yi Cup in China, succumbing to the South Americans 67-57 despite a gallant effort from the young side.
The Opals and Gems were both at camp this week, the Opals getting their preparations underway as they work towards the Four Nations Tournament in China next week and the FIBA Oceania Olympic Qualifiers in September, while the Gems were preparing for the FIBA U19 World Championship
The Australian Opals have wrapped their four-day camp at the AIS this week, which saw a number of players making their debut for the squad. A team of 12 players were selected to travel to China for a four-nations tournament, which tips off in under a week.
An 18-player Jayco Australian Opals squad has gathered at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra today to commence an intense four-day training camp, their first of 2011, in preparation for the Four Nations tournament being held in China later this month.
Former WNBA player and Polish National Margo Dydek passed away on the morning of Friday, 27 May, after suffering a heart attack in Brisbane last week.
Basketball Australia in cooperation with Basketball Queensland, is excited to announce that the Australian Jayco Opals will be facing off in a three-game series with the Chinese women’s national basketball team, when they travel to Queensland in late July.
Basketball Australia is pleased to announce that three additional Jayco Australian Opals stars will join captain Lauren Jackson in committing to a three-month pre-Olympic exclusivity program to prepare for the London Games.
Australian Opal Lauren Jackson will re-establish her successful European playing career after signing on to play with Spanish club Ros Casares Valencia in the 2011/12 season.
Australian Jayco Opals foursome Jenna O’Hea, Liz Cambage, Belinda Snell and Erin Phillips are all packing their bags as they prepare to depart for the US this week, where they will take up with their respective WNBA sides with the season set to tip-off in under a month.