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PostPosted: 04/13/18 10:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

England and Australia for the Gold?

How is the board going to deal with all the antipathy... or apathy between Richyyy and Luuuc?
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PostPosted: 04/14/18 5:44 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I was hoping for an earthquake or something at 8-7 so the game would be stopped and they'd have to keep that as the result Smile. Things have gone rather predictably since then.

The big win for England was against Canada in the semis. This one was always a matter of how much rather than who.



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PostPosted: 04/14/18 6:15 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I was going to say the stretch where she went 'coast-to-coast' for a layup, then gave up an easy backdoor layup and stuck her hip out for an offesnive foul was very Cambage-y. Then she dominated offensively, elbowed someone in the head, and whined her way into an ejection for a second tech. That was super Cambage-y.



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PostPosted: 04/14/18 10:25 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Lauren Jackson was a pretty dirty player in her day, and she still managed to be revered.



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PostPosted: 04/14/18 8:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:
Lauren Jackson was a pretty dirty player in her day, and she still managed to be revered.

Terrible comparison. LJ wasn't dirty, she just had a potty mouth and didn't take any crap from anyone. LJ was revered because she was a fierce competitor who didn't quit. Winning titles and being one of the greatest players in WNBA history didn't hurt either.



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PostPosted: 04/14/18 10:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

She’s not as blantant as Cambage, but she was plenty dirty. More like hard moving screens, yanking weaves, etc. I remember she did something pretty blantant to Dev Peters probably in her last year, but I can’t exactly remember what. Oh, and I remember she put her whole hand over Taj’s face and took her out of a play.

Unfortunately TinyPic seems to no longer be hosting my dirty play screenshots.

http://boards.rebkell.net/viewtopic.php?t=67149&start=176



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PostPosted: 04/14/18 10:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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"When I'm competing, I am a bitch, you know?" she said. "And people know that about me. They know that I will compete and I’ll throw elbows. I'll do anything that I can to get a basket or get a rebound."


http://www.news.com.au/sport/opal-superstar-lauren-jackson-sacrifices-motherhood-for-olympic-gold/news-story/3f672b653b0184a0d02fe32cf9a2f23a



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PostPosted: 04/14/18 10:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So, another big difference between LJ and Liz. "I am a bitch" vs. "These refs just don't know how to ref me"
Liz has probably exceeded LJ's career dirtiness in this one season alone. To me, intentionally injuring someone doesn't really compare with accidentally getting your hand caught in someone's weave, but I get that people's mileage varies when it comes to dirtiness. e.g. Plenty of people admire Taurasi's competitive nature whereas for me it has crossed the line too often.



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PostPosted: 04/30/18 6:46 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Hey Luuuc,

Happen to save any of the Opals/Boomers games on YT?


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PostPosted: 04/30/18 7:17 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Hey Luuuc,

Happen to save any of the Opals/Boomers games on YT?

Nah, usually I'm pretty fanatical about keeping them but the CG's were so meh that I didn't bother even for my own collection, other than the Opals gold medal game. I don't think YT is an option though. They cracked down hard on anything from the games.



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PostPosted: 05/02/18 3:57 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
TheSponge wrote:
Hey Luuuc,

Happen to save any of the Opals/Boomers games on YT?

Nah, usually I'm pretty fanatical about keeping them but the CG's were so meh that I didn't bother even for my own collection, other than the Opals gold medal game. I don't think YT is an option though. They cracked down hard on anything from the games.


What about to upload?

mega.co.nz is great


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PostPosted: 07/11/18 6:43 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Opals Team for the China Tour: (very guard-heavy!)
Lauren Mansfield
Tessa Lavey
Tess Madgen
Katie-Rae Ebzery
Tahlia Tupaea
Nicole Seekamp
Stephanie Blicavs
Alice Kunek
Jenna O’Hea
Kelsey Griffin
Darcee Garbin
Ezi Magbegor

Schedule:
July 14: Australia vs. Argentina at 6:00pm (AEST)
July 15: Australia vs. Serbia at 6:00pm
July 16: Australia vs. China at 9.30pm
July 19: Australia vs. Argentina at 6:00pm
July 20: Australia vs. Serbia at 9.30pm
July 21: Australia vs. China at 6:00pm



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PostPosted: 07/11/18 7:16 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Hope someone can record Very Happy


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PostPosted: 08/22/18 4:12 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Final Opals team for the WCs:
Rebecca Allen
Alexandra Bunton
Elizabeth Cambage
Katie-Rae Ebzery
Cayla George
Tess Madgen
Ezi Magbegor
Lauren Mansfield
Leilani Mitchell
Jenna O’Hea
Alanna Smith
Stephanie Talbot

Staff:
Sandy Brondello - Head Coach
Cheryl Chambers - Assistant Coach
Paul Goriss - Assistant Coach
Chris Lucas - Assistant Coach
Gaylene Mackay - Physiotherapist
Danielle Barwood - Team Doctor
Trine Bourke -Massage Therapist
Trish Fallon - Team Leader



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PostPosted: 08/22/18 5:29 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I thought that was the direction they'd go with the naturalised player, but always seems rather unfair on the player in Kelsey Griffin's position. Basically been the best player on the team in certain squads, and loses out because of how desperate they are for a point guard.

The Aussies have got what looks like a pretty fantastic draw at the Worlds. The best other team in their group is the floundering Turks, and their quarter-final should be vs Japan, Puerto Rico, Latvia or China. Frankly, if they finish this tournament any lower than 4th, Brondello should be getting her walking papers.



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PostPosted: 08/22/18 8:40 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So is Suzy Batkovic done?



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PostPosted: 08/22/18 11:01 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Talbot has been really stepping up for PHX lately. She’s better than a marginal player. Has playing in the WNBA helped develop her?



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PostPosted: 08/22/18 5:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
So is Suzy Batkovic done?

World Championships have never been important to her. I think she only ever made herself available for it once.



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PostPosted: 08/22/18 6:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
Ezi Magbegor


The future of Australian basketball. Good to see Basketball Australia give her an early shot at the national time with the World Championships.

Also curious to see how she plays next to Cambage. Can she be a starting face-up four, with Liz in the paint? Can Liz step outside more and, with the threat of her shot range, pass to Ezi by the basket?

Excited to see...


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PostPosted: 09/10/18 12:58 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

WHITCOMB REPLACES INJURED MITCHELL IN CHEMIST WAREHOUSE AUSTRALIAN OPALS FIBA WORLD CUP TEAM
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Sami Whitcomb is set to make her national team debut for the Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals, coming in for the injured Leilani Mitchell ahead of the FIBA Women’s World Cup later this month.

http://australia.basketball/whitcomb-replaces-injured-mitchell-in-chemist-warehouse-australian-opals-fiba-world-cup-team/

Surprised

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PostPosted: 09/10/18 2:21 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Go Sami!!!
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PostPosted: 09/10/18 4:55 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Wow. So in consultation with the Phoenix Mercury - i.e. Sandy Brondello - Mitchell made the difficult decision to pullout from the Opals - led by Sandy Brondello - to start rehab instead.

Luuuc, I'm not totally familiar with all the players on your roster, who's the other point guard(s)? Are they going to expect Whitcomb to run the offense? She's a nice fit as a gunner around Cambage, but I'm not sure I'd want her as the primary distributor unless the other options are terrible.

And Kelsey Griffin has got to be a little sick that Mitchell gets hurt and she's still not in as the naturalised player (although last I heard her health was doubtful as well).



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PostPosted: 09/10/18 8:14 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Really glad for Sami. Opals best chance is put as many gunners around Cambage to open things up for her. Whitcomb, O'Hea, Allen, Talbot those are some pretty good 3pointshooters



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PostPosted: 09/10/18 8:31 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

What the heck is a Chemist Warehouse? Is that a place they store chemists in case anyone needs one? Got to be the strangest team sponsor I've ever heard of.


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PostPosted: 09/10/18 10:26 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

WNBA 09 wrote:
dtsnms wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
Nerd2 wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
Luuuc wrote:
http://www.womensbasketball247.com/2018/03/french-league-round-16-february-28th-march-4th/


Ahh there she is , sandy better beg her ass out of retirement to play for opals again. She has always been a difference maker on that team!


Why yes, the Opals with Batkovic DID have more success than with Cambage.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzy_Batkovic


Nerd whatever you say , your cambages biggest hater and its way past obvious. Funny thing is i made that post just to see if you would bite and of course...good doggy! Now sit please


Wow that's some bullshit thrown there 09. Really antagonistic. There is NEVER an excuse to call someone a dog, no matter how you disagree.

For the record, I agree with Nerd2 about Cambage needing to put up. I don't think she's a "hater" but a realist. I hope Liz does well, it would be great for the league, but let's see her perform against BG, Syl, Charles, Jones, etc. before we pronounce her the lord of basketball.


So i recieved a PM about why nerd and some other LADIES are doing this and i must say your totally wrong and clueless ive never used an L chat before and kind of weird on how i was even mentioned somewhere ive never even been ! But now i get it carry on no need for Online gangs. Thats so 3rd grade


So is calling someone a dog, very childish.



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