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PostPosted: 01/16/19 8:30 pm    ::: Australian Opals 2019 Reply Reply with quote

Next major event on the Opals calendar is the FIBA Women's Asia Cup - September 22-29th
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The Opals will get together for a camp on the Gold Coast from April 12-18 and a second camp will be held in Phoenix, Arizona from July 20-31 before the team for the Asia Cup is announced in August.


Recently-announced, surprisingly Mangakahia-less, Opals training squad is:

Tessa Lavey
Lauren Mansfield
Leilani Mitchell
Nicole Seekamp
Kristy Wallace*
Tess Madgen
Katie Ebzery
Sami Whitcomb
Tahlia Tupaea
Rebecca Cole
Alex Wilson*
Stephanie Blicavs
Lauren Nicholson
Stephanie Talbot
Rebecca Allen
Jenna O'Hea
Abby Bishop
Sara Blicavs
Kelsey Griffin
Alanna Smith
Darcee Garbin
Cayla George
Eziyoda Magbegor
Alex Bunton*
Marianna Tolo
Lauren Scherf
Elizabeth Cambage


* players who are injured at the time of the squad announcement



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PostPosted: 01/16/19 10:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'm guessing Mangakahia is excluded due to college?



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PostPosted: 01/16/19 10:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
I'm guessing Mangakahia is excluded due to college?

That hasn't prevented Alanna Smith from being named in the past (or this time) so I doubt that's the reason.
They've named Wallace & Wilson, who have both recently torn their ACLs, so unavailability to play any time soon doesn't seem to be a factor either.



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PostPosted: 01/16/19 10:39 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Seekamp used to be a decent big PG at South Dakota. Never understood why she didn’t draw interest in the draft, unless she wasn’t interested in the WNBA.



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PostPosted: 01/16/19 11:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Seekamp used to be a decent big PG at South Dakota. Never understood why she didn’t draw interest in the draft, unless she wasn’t interested in the WNBA.

I can't speak for her college career but she looks as good as anyone in that squad not named Leilani right now, so I'm hoping she makes the 12 this year.
I just wish her jump shot was a little better.



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PostPosted: 01/16/19 11:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
toad455 wrote:
I'm guessing Mangakahia is excluded due to college?

That hasn't prevented Alanna Smith from being named in the past (or this time) so I doubt that's the reason.
They've named Wallace & Wilson, who have both recently torn their ACLs, so unavailability to play any time soon doesn't seem to be a factor either.


Has she been involved in the younger teams? That sometimes is a big factor for US players. Though I would think Sandy would be aware of her and would like to take any eligible player who she thought might be able to help.



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PostPosted: 01/16/19 11:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
Luuuc wrote:
toad455 wrote:
I'm guessing Mangakahia is excluded due to college?

That hasn't prevented Alanna Smith from being named in the past (or this time) so I doubt that's the reason.
They've named Wallace & Wilson, who have both recently torn their ACLs, so unavailability to play any time soon doesn't seem to be a factor either.

Has she been involved in the younger teams? That sometimes is a big factor for US players. Though I would think Sandy would be aware of her and would like to take any eligible player who she thought might be able to help.

Yep, she was a regular in the various national teams at as youngster.



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PostPosted: 01/16/19 11:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Chemist Warehouse may not have Mangakahia (where is that name from - indigenous?) on their list, but they are following her college exploits:

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COLLEGE | The accolades continue in 2018/19 for Alanna Smith and @Tianamanga with both players earning conference Player of the Week awards for @StanfordWBB and @CuseWBB respectively!

Recap the week for women in college via @PickandRollAU: https://pickandroll.com.au/ncaa-women-mangakahia-and-smith-earn-conference-player-of-the-week-awards/




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PostPosted: 01/16/19 11:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

tfan wrote:
Mangakahia (where is that name from - indigenous?)


Presumably it is from New Zealand, location of the Mangakahia river



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PostPosted: 01/17/19 1:36 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
tfan wrote:
Mangakahia (where is that name from - indigenous?)


Presumably it is from New Zealand, location of the Mangakahia river


Not to be confused with the Monongahela, which would make her from Pittsburgh. Smile



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PostPosted: 01/17/19 4:07 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

root_thing wrote:
pilight wrote:
tfan wrote:
Mangakahia (where is that name from - indigenous?)


Presumably it is from New Zealand, location of the Mangakahia river


Not to be confused with the Monongahela, which would make her from Pittsburgh. Smile


I am glad you said that because I was wondering why I could recall hearing about a "New Zealand river" back when I was a kid.


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PostPosted: 01/30/19 6:01 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

This probably is the best place

Bec Allen has torn probably MCL (rather not ACL) in her knee a week ago. She's headed home this week, as she's done for the season.



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PostPosted: 01/30/19 9:59 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

przemoe wrote:
This probably is the best place

Bec Allen has torn probably MCL (rather not ACL) in her knee a week ago. She's headed home this week, as she's done for the season.

Thanks for the update



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