Gems name squad for 2018 FIBA U-18 Asian Championship

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Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Under-19 women’s squad to attend the first preparation camp of 2018 at the BA Centre of Excellence from May 12-14.

Coach Dee Butler and her staff have put together a versatile and athletic group of athletes for the camp which is the first step in preparation for the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship which will be held in India this October.

The top four teams from that tournament will earn qualification through to the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup.

Three key inclusions in the preliminary squad are 2016 FIBA Under-17 World Championship gold medalists Jazmin Shelley,Miela Goodchild and Samantha Simons and they will be joined by seven players from the 2017 FIBA Under-17 Oceania Championship gold medal team.

Four players also featured in the recent WNBL season in Ahlise Hurst (Bendigo Spirit) and Chelsea D’Angelo (Melbourne Boomers) while Haylee Andrews and Goodchild were a part of Townsville Fire’s Championship winning campaign.

Coach Butler has also surrounded herself with success on the sidelines with Fire Championship coach Claudia Brassard and SEABL women’s Championship coach David Herbert (Geelong Supercats) named as her assistants.

The Gems have a proud history of success on the international stage, having claimed World Championship medals across three decades and the team has been the springboard for the international careers of Opals legends including Lauren Jackson, Kristi Harrower, Michelle Brogan and Penny Taylor.

The Australian Gems Squad ahead of the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championships: 

Haylee Andrews Queensland
Sharna Ayres Victoria
Paige Bayliss Queensland
Isabelle Bourne ACT
Elissa Brett South Australia
Emma Clarke Western Australia
Chelsea D’Angelo Victoria
Miela Goodchild Queensland
Stephanie Gorman Victoria
Ahlise Hurst Victoria
Jade Kirisome Queensland
Ula Motuga Queensland
Jessica McDowell-White Queensland
Maddi Pulli Victoria
Jazmin Shelley Victoria
Samantha Simons South Australia
Darcy Rees South Australia
Emma Rowcliffe ACT
Dee Butler Head Coach
Claudia Brassard Assistant Coach
David Herbert Assistant Coach
Donna Turner Team Manager