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Anonymous
Two years ago

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Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Who do you think will make the Rio team based on the performance in this wnbl season?

Obviously some non-wnbl players will be locks, including penny, liz, and Erin. But how about those who are currently playing in wnbl?

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Mark-e-Mark
Two years ago
17:04 15 Nov 15

Reply #564585

re: Who will make the Rio team?

Doesn't matter. Whatever combination they throw together will medal. That is how strong womens ball is in Australia.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
17:29 15 Nov 15

Reply #564594

re: Who will make the Rio team?

We shouldn't be too cocky. Besides the USA, France, Spain, Turkey, Russia, or even China could be our competitors for a medal in Rio.

Based on the current WNBL season, the following players should make the Rio team (in addition to Taylor, Cambage, and Phillips).

Batgirl
Richards
Penaluna
Talbot
Jarry
Cumming
Madgen
Mansfield
Ebzery


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Anonymous
Two years ago
17:33 15 Nov 15

Reply #564595

re: Who will make the Rio team?

Don't forget Brazil. Hosting country with a couple of WNBA players.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
18:11 15 Nov 15

Reply #564605

re: Who will make the Rio team?

Burton and Lavey are locks regardless if they perform or not.


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Luuuc
Two years ago
18:12 15 Nov 15

Reply #564606

re: Who will make the Rio team?

Who *will* make the team, or who *should* make the team?

Coach clearly has his favourites.

I would love to see Ebzery, Talbot & Penaluna in the team. Not holding my breath though.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
20:01 15 Nov 15

Reply #564618

re: Who will make the Rio team?

yes agree with above poster, Lavey &Burton are locked in even if they only have one leg a piece


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.
Two years ago
20:17 15 Nov 15

Reply #564619

re: Who will make the Rio team?

home team always punches above their weight - czech repub, turkey in the worlds, brazillian women are always good, let alone on their home court - but we got it done nearly 10 years ago...


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Very Old
Two years ago
20:51 15 Nov 15

Reply #564622

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Has batgirl retired from international play ?

If we could medal with Graf we can medal with (almost) anyone.


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Luuuc
Two years ago
20:59 15 Nov 15

Reply #564623

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

No, Batgirl has not retired from international play. She took a break from it but as far as I know plans to be in the mix for Rio.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
22:32 15 Nov 15

Reply #564635

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Sami Whitcomb will have citizenship by Rio 2016. I wonder if she will be invited to the next camp given her current form in the WNBL


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Andy
Two years ago
09:18 16 Nov 15

Reply #564649

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

I think this would be our strongest team:
Cambage
Tolo
Francis
Griffin
Taylor
Jarry
Ohea
Allen
Phillips
Madgen
Mitchell
Lavey/Mansfield/Ebzery ? (cant decide last guard)


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finals995
Two years ago
10:07 16 Nov 15

Reply #564654

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Thanks to this thread I thought of a new band name. 'Nostradamus and the Locksmiths'. I think it has relevance and style (I could be wrong...)


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.
Two years ago
10:26 16 Nov 15

Reply #564655

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

so LJ not playing Andy ? will Tolo be back from injury ?


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Anonymous
Two years ago
11:45 16 Nov 15

Reply #564665

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Mansfield? Seriously, the Olympics are a huge step up from playing in the WNBL and she has no international experience and has only just now broken through the WNBL ranks.

The PG spots are locked up, Phillips (can play the 2 as well), Mitchell and then Lavey.

Mitchell has been on form nearly our best player taking into account her season last year in the WNBL, her great season with Phoenix and is playing well again this season.

Lavey has impressed me, will get limited minutes in Rio but great experience for future Opals teams.

Tolo should be back in time to play again in the WNBA and then Rio.

I like Andy's team but I think Madgen may struggle to make the final cut. Talbot will still get a gig before her as she is a supreme defender and bigger.

LJ would have to come in if she proves her fitness but that is a big IF!

I also think Hodges will get the nod over Griffin.


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Game
Two years ago
13:18 16 Nov 15

Reply #564689

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Anon, I think you would be surprised with what Mansfield could actually achieve. I was speaking with a WNBA scout about her a few days back and she was very impressed saying that her poise under pressure was good and her ability to hit players with solid passes is on the right level. I think she warrants a squad birth to prove herself at the very least!


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Luuuc
Two years ago
13:53 16 Nov 15

Reply #564700

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Too soon for Mansfield IMO.
Have said it a few times in recent weeks that I regard her very highly and think she should be considered for international experience ASAP, but from where she is now, to Rio, in 9 months, is too much. Wouldn't be doing her or the team any favours.
Ditto Tupaea.


Guard spots are still up for grabs, but I can't see anyone new to the program getting one.
Therefore Wilson, Madgen, and Ebzery still in with a chance IMO, along with the incumbents in Phillips, Mitchell & Lavey.
It's silly/pointless to be making final calls this soon anyway, but on current form and also based on what attributes Joyce seems to value most in players, I think Ebzery is in with a real shot.

Can't discount the possibility that Erin won't be healthy for Rio either. All the more important to keep an open mind about the backcourt.


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finals995
Two years ago
22:52 16 Nov 15

Reply #564858

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

You bet Luuc, way too early to be making any meaningful calls about this. Rio is a long way off. Lets just hope and pray that our 'locks' remain healthy. BTW I still enjoy people making their selections. So go for it everyone.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
08:19 17 Nov 15

Reply #564882

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Pg Mitchell
Pg/sg Phillips
Pg/sg 1 of lavey, madgen or ebzery (Lavey more than likely)
Sg/sf Taylor
Sg/sf Allen
Sf/Sg Talbot
Sf/Sg 1 of jarry or ohea (jarry more than likely)
Pf/sf Griffin
Pf/c Penaluna
Pf/c Francis
C/pf 1 of tolo or batkovic (tolos a terrible rebounder, I think batgirl)
C Cambage

Jackson looks unlikely...

Starting lineup imo.
5'8 Phillips
6'1 Taylor
6'2 Talbot
6'2 griffin
6'8 cambage


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Cam
Two years ago
12:45 17 Nov 15

Reply #564911

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Griffin gets her citizenship on Sunday.
http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/3497026/calling-australia-home-photos/?cs=81


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Greg
Two years ago
13:48 17 Nov 15

Reply #564945

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Great news there


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Anonymous
Two years ago
14:32 17 Nov 15

Reply #564951

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Tolo will get the nod over Batkovic as she has a very good record on Griner (if we play the US)

Agree that Jarry will get a spot before O'Hea.

I think that the withdrawal of Batkovic and O'Hea for last years World's won't do them any favors with Joyce.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
12:48 18 Nov 15

Reply #565161

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

LJ has to be out of contention at this point. Yet another set back and her return to the WNBL pushed back to (potentially) January.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
12:56 18 Nov 15

Reply #565163

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Will Griffin just need to be a permanent resident in Australia for 2 years now and she can play for the Opals?

Or is a permanent resident the first thing and then citizenship comes next?


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Luuuc
Two years ago
13:22 18 Nov 15

Reply #565175

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

She has already had PR for a while. Citizenship is the final stage to becoming a fair dinkum true blue Aussie sheila.


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Greg
Two years ago
18:59 18 Nov 15

Reply #565258

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Basically come Sunday, she's a Strayan and can be picked for the Opals.

God I hope so.


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Luuuc
Two years ago
19:02 18 Nov 15

Reply #565259

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

I don't actually think she's a shoo-in for a spot in the final 12, but I'm very happy to have her as an option.


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Greg
Two years ago
19:29 18 Nov 15

Reply #565270

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

I'd take her over Jarry and even O'Hea.


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Luuuc
Two years ago
20:07 19 Nov 15

Reply #565500

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

"Joyce told Fairfax Media his current advice was Mitchell was counted as a naturalised player as she was first an American citizen then gained an Australia passport through her mother, who was Australian.
Mitchell plays in the WNBL as a local player and Griffin will be able to do the same but FIBA rules allow national teams to select only one naturalised player."

http://www.theage.com.au/sport/basketball/australian-opals-coach-brendan-joyce-faces-tough-call-on-naturalised-stars-20151118-gl2n9i.html


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Anonymous
Two years ago
20:20 19 Nov 15

Reply #565506

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

I would have thought passport/citizenship via birth rights (Mitchell with an Australian mother, so entilted to Australian citizenship via birth) wouldn't have counted via this rule.

I would assume the tall blacks would have issues with some of their players being born on the pacific islands. The English/Welsh/Northern Irish thing would also be similar.

This rule is more for places like Russia that would hand out passports for cash if they will improve the team.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
21:19 19 Nov 15

Reply #565523

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

If we can only take one naturalised player to Rio, then Mitchell rather than Griffin will most likely be the one. Griffin is just not as fast as other forwards like Jarry, Talbot, Allen, or Burton. Given the current Opal squad's tactic style, Griffin may not fit it at all.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
21:23 19 Nov 15

Reply #565524

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Rule is rule. The article explained it very well already. We can only take one, among Mitchell, Griffin, and any other potential naturalised players.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
21:42 19 Nov 15

Reply #565530

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Was it explained very well by Joyce saying in the artcile "I'm pretty sure Leilani comes under that rule" ?

Yep we have confirmation...


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Anonymous
Two years ago
23:34 19 Nov 15

Reply #565547

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

If Burton gets the nod over Griffin I would laugh and cry.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
08:18 20 Nov 15

Reply #565563

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

I see Griffin similar to Bishop and I get the impression Joyce won't select either as he prefers to play fast.

Mitchell is a lock, can't go into Rio with Lavey as back up PG. Lavey will be there only to get limited minutes when Phillips plays SG as per World's.

Fingers crossed our 2 world class players Penny and Liz stay fit because we're in trouble if either go down injured.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
17:48 20 Nov 15

Reply #565689

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Griffin matches up against people better than Bishop.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
21:44 21 Nov 15

Reply #565894

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

My pick...
Phillips/Mitchell
Taylor/Allen/ebzery
Talbot/jarry
Francis/penaluna/griffin
cambage/batkovic

tolo, bishop, burton have all had poor seasons and aren't in great form.
Jackson is unlikely and ohea doesn't seem to fit with Joyce.
I think overall ebzery is a much better player than lavey and so I would choose her. Currently 3rd in points and 1st in assists which helps her cause. A Much better shooter than lavey too. Doesn't have laveys quickness but is the next best.


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Anonymous
Two years ago
13:29 25 Nov 15

Reply #566471

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

The strongest team heading into Rio - minus Brendan's favouritism, and lack of belief. This would be a strong 12 to take away to ROI.

1. Erin Phillips
2. Penny Taylor
3. Jenna OHea
4. Kelsie Griffin
5. Liz Cambage

1. Leilani Mitchell
2. Rebecca Allen/Katie-Rae Ebzery
3. Steph Talbot/
4. Lauren Jackson/Abby Bishop
5. Marianna Tolo


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Anonymous
Two years ago
13:37 25 Nov 15

Reply #566472

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Based on form... And injuries..
Definitely no bishop, Jackson or tolo.
Batkovic, penaluna, Francis...


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Anonymous
Two years ago
16:35 25 Nov 15

Reply #566521

re: Who will make the Rio Opals team?

Jackson at centre maybe, But she ain't no pf anymore.
Hasn't got the mobility...
Tolo at centre is a bad choice, terrible rebounder compared to Jackson, cambage, Francis and batkovic.


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