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PostPosted: 12/20/17 7:13 pm    ::: Australian Opals 2018 Reply Reply with quote

3 players have been added today to the Opals squad for their February camp in Italy: Sami Whitcomb, whose Aussie citizenship must be progressing, and Adelaide backcourt Aimee Clydesdale & Nicole Seekamp. Seekamp is having an excellent WNBL season so I like that inclusion.

Due to overseas commitments, not all the players listed will actually be available for that camp (or for the Commonwealth Games, which is what this camp is preparing the squad for).

Full list:

Rebecca Allen (Lyon- France)
Suzy Batkovic (JCU Townsville Fire)
Abby Bishop (MAC Adelaide Lightning)
Stephanie Blicavs (Jayco Dandenong Rangers)
Elizabeth Cambage (Deakin Melbourne Boomers)
Aimie Clydesdale (MAC Adelaide Lightning)
Katie-Rae Ebzery (Brydens Sydney Uni Flames)
Cayla George (JCU Townsville Fire)
Kelsey Griffin (Bendigo Bank Spirit)
Natalie Hurst (University of Canberra Capitals)
Alice Kunek (Perth Lynx)
Tessa Lavey (Jayco Dandenong Rangers)
Ezi Magbegor (University of Canberra Capitals)
Lauren Mansfield (Energa Torun- Poland)
Leilani Mitchell (Hatay - Turkey)
Jenna O’Hea (Deakin Melbourne Boomers)
Nicole Seekamp (MAC Adelaide Lightning)
Belinda Snell (Brydens Sydney Uni Flames)
Stephanie Talbot (Mondeville - France)
Marianna Tolo (Abdullah Gul - Turkey)
Sami Whitcomb (Perth Lynx)


The Commonwealth Games run from April 4th-15th next year (in Queensland, Australia).



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PostPosted: 12/20/17 8:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Anyone know if the Commonwealths count as an official FIBA competition? Just wondering if they might be able to get away with using more than one of Griffin/Mitchell/Whitcomb due to the weird nature of the Games. We'll be in it as England rather than Great Britain (England and Scotland in the men's), which is a bit odd to start with. Anyone playing in Europe will presumably be unavailable (so Leedham, Fagbenle, Handy, Vanderwal, Stewart etc. missing for us), but the Aussies should absolutely walk it. Canada are the most viable competition, I guess, but it'll depend on who's actually in their squad as well.



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PostPosted: 12/20/17 8:53 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Richyyy wrote:
Anyone know if the Commonwealths count as an official FIBA competition? Just wondering if they might be able to get away with using more than one of Griffin/Mitchell/Whitcomb due to the weird nature of the Games. We'll be in it as England rather than Great Britain (England and Scotland in the men's), which is a bit odd to start with. Anyone playing in Europe will presumably be unavailable (so Leedham, Fagbenle, Handy, Vanderwal, Stewart etc. missing for us), but the Aussies should absolutely walk it. Canada are the most viable competition, I guess, but it'll depend on who's actually in their squad as well.


Not a FIBA competition so the rules could be stricter or looser than FIBA rules, usually depending on the overall rules of the Games.
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PostPosted: 12/20/17 9:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Interesting question. I'd be surprised and disappointed if we strayed from the standard FIBA qualification criteria, even if it was allowed.
(It would be a fun team to watch though, with the 2 hardest-working players in the WNBL both getting their hustle on)



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PostPosted: 01/16/18 1:45 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Erin Phillips today announced her retirement from basketball

https://www.playersvoice.com.au/erin-phillips-time-to-draw-the-curtain/

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You know those stories where an athlete announces their retirement and rides off into the sunset, happy and content with how it all finished?
This isn’t one of them.
It’s time for me to close the door on my career as a basketball player. It has been the most incredible journey – but this wasn’t the ending I’d hoped for.



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PostPosted: 01/16/18 8:16 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I thought she announced her retirement last spring when she in Dallas. Does it take that long for news to get to Australia?

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PostPosted: 01/16/18 4:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Randy wrote:
I thought she announced her retirement last spring when she in Dallas. Does it take that long for news to get to Australia?

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Hadn't retired from the Opals, just the WNBA


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PostPosted: 01/16/18 5:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It's weird, but I don't think Indiana would have won a title that year without Douglas getting hurt, and I think it was Phillips who took her place in the starting lineup.



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