OPALS SQUAD FEAT. NUNAWADING TRIO
NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | Basketball Australia announced yesterday a 20-strong player squad that will compete for Australian Opals selection ahead of the 2018 FIBA World Cup. Nunawading Basketball is well represented with Jenna O’Hea, Rebecca Allen and Alanna Smith all named to the squad.
A selection camp will be hosted by Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport from the 10-17 August, with just the current Australian based players required to attend - Allen and Smith along with a number of other players are currently based in the United States with WNBA or Collegiate commitments.
“With the World Cup less than two months away, every training session is vital in order to be in our best shape and improve on areas at both ends of the floor,” Opals Head Coach Sandy Brondello said. “The coaches have highlighted a number of things to work on from the China tour and this selection camp gives us a great opportunity to do so.”
In a first for the Opals, the August camp will be monitored and influenced remotely by Brondello who will remain in the United States due to commitments as Head Coach of the Phoenix Mercury.
“Sandy Brondello will be utilising the advanced technologies at the AIS,” General Manager of High Performance Jan Stirling said of the move.
“The camp will include live-streaming of all training sessions with instantaneous video feedback to athletes, will create an amazing environment.”
“Recently this elite basketball training facility has been described as the best in the world.”
“This is fantastic opportunity for Jenna, Bec and Alanna,” Nunawading Basketball Operations Manager Paul Flynn said.
“All three are wonderful examples of where hard work, dedication and focus can lead to, having started playing in MEBA competitions and programs like the thousands of young girls we have participating today.”
“I’m confident that I speak on behalf of the entire Nunawading Basketball community in wishing Jenna, Bec and Alanna all the very best across the selection process and look forward to hopefully watching all three representing the Opals at the World Cup later this year.”
The 2018 FIBA World Cup will be held in Spain 22-30 September.
Opals Squad; Jenna O’Hea, Rebecca Allen, Alanna Smith, Tessa Lavey, Lauren Mansfield, Katie-Rae Ebzery, Stephanie Blicavs, Darcee Garbin, Cayla George, Alice Kunek, *Kelsey Griffin, Tahlia Tupea, Nicole Seekamp, Ezi Magbegor, Stephanie Talbot, Tess Madgen, *Sami Whitcomb, *Leilani Mitchell, Liz Cambage, Alex Bunton
* Basketball Australia may only select one of the three naturalised players in Kelsey Griffin, Sami Whitcomb, Leilani Mitchell