Years ago

Batkovic and O'Hea out of world championship

Is this as simple as the story reads or is more to the situation than meets the eye?


Australia's women's basketball team have suffered a major blow ahead of their 2014 world championship campaign, with Opals stalwart Suzy Batkovic and WNBA star Jenna O'Hea both withdrawing from the tournament.

Basketball Australia (BA) on Thursday said Batkovic would not be available for selection for the tournament in Turkey from September 27 after deciding to take a break from international competition in a bid to prolong her playing career.

She has made it clear, however, that she is not retiring from national duties.
Meanwhile, O'Hea's ambition to pursue her career in the United States is behind her decision to withdraw from the tournament.

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Years ago

"Meanwhile, O'Hea's ambition to pursue her career in the United States is behind her decision to withdraw from the tournament."

If only you knew the real story...

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Years ago

If only we did.. put up or don't bother leaving silly comments like that.

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Years ago

I would be very interested to hear the real story. The reason put forward in the article makes no sense at all so clearly something odd is going on here.

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The Fog  
Years ago

Same player agent?

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Years ago

Love some more info on this as well, so much happens behind the scenes and we get fed fake (lame) stories to cover up the truth of what is really going on......

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Years ago

Hearing O'Hea doesn't think she should have to go to the Opals camps. Told if she doesn't attend she doesn't get selected. Someone should remind her that Andrew Gaze went to every single Boomers camp, never missed. Flew back in from overseas to attend. Don't think O'Hea is anywhere close to Andrew Gaze. Good to see Chocko is ensuring that core team values are being adhered to despite some Princess behavior.

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Years ago

O'Hea didn't attend the January camp that was held over 2 or 3 days very early in the year and at the time it was said she was unable to attend due to "study commitments" - did some conflict start back a few months ago with O'Hea making herself unavailable at that stage?
I know a few others didn't attend the Jan camp due to work commitments or injury, but then you have Erin Phillips who was injured and unable to participate, but still attended to get a feel & understanding for the new system.

But isn't this a similar situation to Phillips not attending camps prior to the 2012 Olympics, in the end not getting selected because of that and then criticism from places such as this board for not selecting her when her form in the WNBA suggested she should have been selected? Will people be as critical of the non-selection of O'Hea if there is truth behind this suggestion as her reason for withdrawal?

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Years ago

Difference is Erin with penny discussed it and got the ok because both her and penny weren't attending but when penny got injuried Graf had the excuse to cut her from the squad
If Joyce has made it clear from the start that all must attend then there is no argument
It is a lost because I think ohea is a great player but there will always be someone else to step up into the ranks and she might now lose her spot all together for years to come if that player is better

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Years ago

Erin never got permission otherwise she would have made the team.

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Years ago

Jenna pulling out has absolutely nothing to do with princess behaviour and nothing to do with expecting to make the team and not show up to camps. Whoever is claiming this is being fed the wrong information and this comes from knowing the truth straight from the horses mouth.

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Years ago

Bel, if you know straight from the horses mouth then spill it. But just remember, the horse is not going to necessarily admit she is really a Princess.

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Years ago

Well there you go the j0yce factor at work.

Why would you appoint him as coach after the debacle at the end of his run with the Hawks and later the Blaze.

Do BA even follow the NBL?

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Years ago

Add Bishop to the list of outs.


WNBL club the Canberra Capitals and her European team have assisted Bishop with looking after Zala, but BA is standing by its decision to ''keep the sanctity of high performance''.

Looks like the big 4 of LJ, Liz, Penny & Erin + the Uni games team are going to the world champs.....

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