FAB 4 NAMED TO OPALS SQUAD
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NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | Basketball Australia announced its 2019 Australian Opals squad this week, with 4 of the 22 players named hailing from Nunawading Basketball.
Jenna O’Hea, Rebecca Allen and Alanna Smith - all members of the Opals 2018 World Cup team that claimed a Silver Medal have all been named once again.
They will be joined by Rebecca Cole who features in her first Opals squad since 2015 on the back of an outstanding WNBL season with the Rangers.
O’Hea, who captained the Opals at the 2018 World Cup is currently navigating the Melbourne Boomers towards another WNBL Finals campaign, whilst Allen is in the midst of another European season, this year with Basket90 Gydinia in Poland.
Smith, a senior at Stanford this year has also just been named to John R. Wooden Award Women’s Midseason Top 25 and is a predicted first round pick for the 2019 WNBA Draft.
Head Coach Sandy Brondello was excited with her squad ahead of a busy 2019 international schedule.
“Following the Asia Cup in September, we have the very important qualifiers for our region in November,” said Brondello.
“A top-four finish during that qualifier will see us advance to the Pre-Olympic tournament in February where we will play against the qualifiers from the rest of the world to determine the final 12 spots for Tokyo.
“With so much at stake, every camp and the games we have together will be crucial to continue our development and chemistry as a team so that we are performing at our best when it matters.”
The Opals first camp is scheduled on the Gold Coast from April 12-18 with a second camp to be held in Phoenix between July 20-31, where Brondello is Head Coach of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.
Nunawading Basketball has traditionally had strong representation in Australian National teams at both junior and senior levels. Having such a strong contingent in the current Opals squad reinforces the strength of our programs locally and provides very real inspiration to all aspiring young athletes that the hard work that they are committing to now can provide incredible opportunity.