Media accreditation now open for the Australia v Japan friendlies.

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With Australia and Japan locked in to play a three-game friendly series tipping off on the 27th of May, Basketball Australia invites media to apply for accreditation.

This event will be the first time these two nations go head-to-head since Japan knocked out Australia at the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup semi-final in a two-point thriller. Japan went on to claim the gold medal while the Opals brought home the bronze.


Australia will have a local lineup on display, while a number of experienced Opals are in the thick of the WNBA and European seasons. Assistant coach, Cheryl Chambers will head the national team for the series while the seniority of Olympians Cayla George and Tess Madgen will be beneficial for the Opals. This series providing a chance for a variety of names to put their best foot forward for a spot on the World Cup team.

Tokyo Olympics silver medallists, Japan, will also bring several players from their Olympic team to the NSW friendlies.

Following the Serbian World Cup qualifiers earlier this year, the Opals will be determined to build on the form that saw them achieve two out of three wins while Japan come into the friendly games with a 1-1 record from their respective World Cup qualifying event in Osaka.

Media are encouraged to apply for accreditation if you are planning to attend the event. Note that one accreditation pass with apply for all three games. A mixed media zone will be scheduled post all three games.

The Opals will also be available for media opportunities from Tuesday the 24th of  May, as they hold their training camp in Sydney in the lead-up to the friendlies. Please contact if you have a media request. An open training will also be held with details to come soon.


Friday 27 May                  Quaycentre                                                   7.30pm
Sunday 29 May                Quaycentre                                                   3.00pm
Tuesday 31 May              Newcastle Entertainment Centre             7.30pm

Australia Women’s World Cup Opals Squad 2022

Rebecca Allen
Zitina Aokuso
Sara Blicavs
Rebecca Cole
Keely Froling
Darcee Garbin
Cayla George
Shyla Heal
Ezi Magbegor
Tess Madgen
Anneli Maley
Jade Melbourne
Lauren Nicholson
Stephanie Reid
Maddison Rocci
Alanna Smith
Lauren Scherf
Stephanie Talbot
Marianna Tolo
Kristy Wallace
Sami Whitcomb