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.
Australian Jayco Opals captain and basketball superstar Lauren Jackson has agreed to commit to an exclusive Opals preparation campaign, which will see her focus solely on Opals preparations in the three month build-up to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Australian Basketball rising star and Australian Jayco Opal Elizabeth Cambage has been selected at number two overall in America’s Women’s National Basketball Association’s draft in Bristol Connecticut this morning.
Australian basketball star Hollie Grima has been awarded the coveted Maher Medal for the Female International Player of the Year for 2010 at the iiNet MVP awards ceremony at Melbourne’s Crown Casino in Melbourne last night.
Australian Jayco Opals star and member of the WNBL Championship-winning Bulleen Boomers side Jenna O’Hea has signed with Women’s National Basketball Association team the Los Angeles Sparks for the upcoming season in the USA, set to tip off June 3.
FIBA Oceania announced today that its 2011 Championships which will qualify teams for the Basketball competition at the London Olympic Games will be played as a three-game series between Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney on September 7, 9 and 11.