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Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Rebecca Allen (Lyon- France)
Suzy Batkovic (JCU Townsville Fire)
Abby Bishop (MAC Adelaide Lightning)
Stephanie Blicavs (Jayco Dandenong Rangers)
Elizabeth Cambage (Deakin Melbourne Boomers)
Katie-Rae Ebzery (Brydens Sydney Uni Flames)
Cayla George (JCU Townsville Fire)
Kelsey Griffin (Bendigo Bank Spirit)
Natalie Hurst (University of Canberra Capitals)
Alice Kunek (Perth Lynx)
Tessa Lavey (Jayco Dandenong Rangers)
Ezi Magbegor (University of Canberra Capitals)
Lauren Mansfield (Energa Torun- Poland)
Leilani Mitchell (Hatay - Turkey)
Jenna O'Hea (Deakin Melbourne Boomers)
Belinda Snell (Brydens Sydney Uni Flames)
Stephanie Talbot (Mondeville - France)
Marianna Tolo (Abdullah Gul - Turkey)
Held in Italy at the AIS European Training Centre, 18 athletes have been invited although the squad remains fluid with injuries as well as college and European commitments all taken into consideration.

Athletes not named for this first camp can still join the Opals team at a later date for a second camp before the final team is announced ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
Not listed in the Opals squad is four-time Olympian Laura Hodges who has called time on her stellar career with the Australian Opals.

"Leading into the Rio Olympics I was quite certain that it was the last time I would represent my country in the green and gold," Hodges said.

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Anonymous
Last year
12:53 1 Dec 17

Reply #659874

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Burton noticeably missing as well


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Anonymous
Last year
12:58 1 Dec 17

Reply #659875

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Who do you reckon has been left out?

Blicavs(injured)
Bunton(injured)
Whitcomb
Garrick


College?
Smith
Wallace
Froling
Mangakahia

Nice to see Magbegor in there. Would have also liked to have seen Scherf get some exp.


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Anonymous
Last year
13:12 1 Dec 17

Reply #659877

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Waiting with bated breath for the numerous posts wanting a team of 15-22 year olds to be included in the squad.


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Melb Fan
Last year
13:21 1 Dec 17

Reply #659880

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Well done to that 18 - all are deserving of making the squad IMO.

It does say that players external to that 18 would be considered for the second camp (which I'm assuming would be held in Aus) in which case the younger but not quite Opals ready players like Scherf, Clydesdale, Wilson & Wehrung could attend and get exposure. Whitcomb is probably stiff not to get an invite, Garrick isn't playing well this season - she's quite streaky, more so bad than good though so no surprise there. Seekamp is also probably unlucky to miss out on a spot there.

Froling (the College one, Alicia) did her ACL about a month ago unfortunately.

Those European based players wouldn't be eligible for Comm Games surely as their seasons wouldn't finish until mid/late April onwards. I'd tip the final team would be made up of those WNBL players in the squad (barring injury of course) and that the player cut would be one of Cambage, Bishop, Batkovic or George - I can only see them taking 3 of those 4 - otherwise they'll be too slow without a more mobile option on the bench. At this stage I'd probably cut George, though it is Brondello who is calling the shots and I can't see her doing that.


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Anonymous
Last year
13:37 1 Dec 17

Reply #659882

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

College kids for exp. not the final side...

Need the new gen amongst the group because after Tokyo, they'll be an almost entirely new squad.


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Anonymous
Last year
15:34 1 Dec 17

Reply #659904

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Lavey gets a spot again!!! Surely it was time to give someone else a opportunity?
Her wnbl stats are 6pt 2r 3a on 33%fg
Would of been good to see some one like cole, wehrung, clydesdale or seakamp get a invite instead


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James Harvey fan
Last year
18:27 1 Dec 17

Reply #659932

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Scherf has a FG% of 33 and FT% of 36 - looks a fair way off Opals at the moment.


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Anonymous
Last year
18:57 1 Dec 17

Reply #659952

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Who do you reckon has been left out?

Blicavs(injured)
Bunton(injured)
Whitcomb
Garrick


College?
Smith
Wallace
Froling
Mangakahia

Nice to see Magbegor in there. Would have also liked to have seen Scherf get some exp.


Mangakahia........listen dad give it a rest will you LOL


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Anonymous
Last year
20:04 1 Dec 17

Reply #659962

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Pretty good squad


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Anonymous
Last year
20:58 1 Dec 17

Reply #659969

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Whitcomb is not an Aussie


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Anonymous
Last year
20:59 1 Dec 17

Reply #659972

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Mangakahia is the new Clydesdale


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Waves2Lynx
Last year
21:04 1 Dec 17

Reply #659973

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

That's a strong looking side all things considered. I'm actually of the opinion that Magbegor hasn't really deserved a call up yet but if she's just there as a tapped talent with potential to star getting experience at a camp then fine with that.

Really, it's amazing to step back and consider how many of these women are playing locally right now. We really are lucky this season.

Guard position looks weak but that an issue on the whole.


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Anonymous
Last year
22:31 1 Dec 17

Reply #659985

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

People were questioning why smith was in the Asian cup squad...
Pretty sure she showed she's more than capable of playing senior international ball.
College kids deserve some more credit.

Wallace and Wehrung started at outperformed those young wnbl players at uni games.


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Anonymous
Last year
00:47 2 Dec 17

Reply #659990

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I reckon brondello will go with.

Mitchell/Mansfield
Ebzery/Cumming
Ohea/Talbot/Allen
George/Blicavs
Cambage/Tolo/Batkovic


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Anonymous
Last year
05:12 2 Dec 17

Reply #659992

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Big difference from uni games to commonwealth games , Wallace and Wherung are a way off yet, Wherung is way to Injury prone as well


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Anonymous
Last year
06:30 2 Dec 17

Reply #659994

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Only 1 of Mitchell and Griffin can be chosen still?


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Anonymous
Last year
06:33 2 Dec 17

Reply #659995

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

They need a good PG more than a PF, so I'd hedge my bet it’s Mitchell


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Anonymous
Last year
09:00 2 Dec 17

Reply #660004

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

"At this stage I'd probably cut George, though it is Brondello who is calling the shots and I can't see her doing that."

She won't. George will make it, Brondello plays favourites.

I'm surprised Suzy put her name in for contention, she has been taking off everything but Olympics.


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Anonymous
Last year
09:23 2 Dec 17

Reply #660006

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

No Phillips, good call.


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Luuuc
Last year
11:25 2 Dec 17

Reply #660023

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I'm surprised Suzy put her name in for contention, she has been taking off everything but Olympics.

She has, but considering this is a bit of a Mickey Mouse tournament and is in Qld, it doesn't surprise me that she put her hand up for this one.

Pretty solid squad, and nice to see that they didn't bother starting off with an obviously-too-long extended squad list.

Looking past the CG's, does anyone else think that Nicole Seekamp might have a future in green & gold? Her shot is a bit busted, but she's got good size & vision. Are her handles good enough to play at PG?


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James Harvey fan
Last year
13:06 2 Dec 17

Reply #660034

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Yeh I like Seekamp a lot. She's bigger in person than I thought too.def one of the better prospects around


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James Harvey fan
Last year
13:07 2 Dec 17

Reply #660035

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I see her as more of a 2 though tbh


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Luuuc
Last year
13:28 2 Dec 17

Reply #660037

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

So do I, but a 2 with good vision, who is a good passer, unselfish, and has maybe a sub-optimal shot for a scoring-oriented role. So it just made me wonder, because once Leilani Mitchell retires ... yikes ...

I know "combo guard" tends to be better in theory than in reality, but I was thinking that if Seekamp's handle is good enough to handle pressure defence then the other elements of her game already seem good enough for her to run the offence.


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Anonymous
Last year
13:49 2 Dec 17

Reply #660043

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Ebzery is better than Seekamp at this point in time at the 2 or as a cg.
Cumming likely the other sg and ohea also as a sg/sf.

After 2020. The point guard situation looks fine too me.
Plenty of young pgs atm from 16-24y.o. Home and abroad...


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Luuuc
Last year
17:53 2 Dec 17

Reply #660069

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

At this point in time: I agree.
In the years to come: You're more optimistic than I am, but I hope you're right.


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Anonymous
Last year
18:22 2 Dec 17

Reply #660079

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Head to Head Seakamp has had Ebzery this year. Selection is a reflection of BA. Amateurish.


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Anonymous
Last year
16:14 4 Dec 17

Reply #660255

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I don't see Ally Wilson - Sydney in the list

Not detracting from anyone in the list but I would have thought she has earnt a position in the squad?


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Anonymous
Last year
16:28 4 Dec 17

Reply #660257

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

whose spot does she take though? Kunek?


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Anonymous
Last year
06:10 9 Dec 17

Reply #660748

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Canada the only real threat.

How do some of the bigger named Canadians stack up against us?

Nurse
Fields
Colley
Langlois
Scott
Hill
Plouffe
Plouffe
Ekunwe
Ayim
Achonwa
Alexander
Hamblin


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Luuuc
Last year
23:32 11 Dec 17

Reply #661344

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Sandy Brondello was, you know, interviewed on The Ruckus podcast tonight

The Ruckus Podcast - Sandy Brondello Ep 12


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Anonymous
Last year
16:04 12 Dec 17

Reply #661435

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

No euro players for comm games.

Does that mean Mitchell, Mansfield, Allen, Talbot, Tolo are out?


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James Harvey fan
Last year
17:25 12 Dec 17

Reply #661445

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

What happened to Whitcomb getting citizenship? Has it been ruled out because she spends too much time OS with WNBA now


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Luuuc
Last year
09:53 21 Dec 17

Reply #662375

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Sounds like Sami's citizenship is still progressing, as she has now been added to the Opals squad :)
As have Clydesdale & Seekamp.
I've been particularly impressed with Seekamp this season and it's great to see her getting this recognition so quickly.


From BA:

UPDATE: Brondello adds three more for first 2018 Opals camp. Head Coach of the Opals Sandy Brondello has been in Australia for the past week watching WNBL matches. Nicole Seekamp and Aimie Clydesdale (MAC Adelaide Lightning) and Sami Whitcomb (Perth Lynx) have been added to the Opals February camp squad, subject to medical clearance.



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Melb Fan
Last year
10:03 21 Dec 17

Reply #662377

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Very happy with those inclusions - it certainly does make that decision that much tougher for the final team though. I think I'd take Sami over Kelsey in all honesty - as good as she was at the Asia Cup I think Sami really deserves a run at it especially after the season she's had.

Very tough competition in those guard spots IMO.


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Luuuc
Last year
10:26 21 Dec 17

Reply #662380

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

From what I've heard from Sandy recently (which is quite a lot), she'll be picking the team on overall balance, which makes sense to me. So it's hard to know which of Sami & Kelsey will make the team. They're both instant starters IMO, so it will depend mostly on which locals at their positions can fill those roles.
They're both pretty unique players really. Kelsey was so impressive in the Asia tournament, and there's no front court player who goes harder than she does. Similarly there's no guard who plays with Sami's energy. Such a tough call.

I probably lean ever so slightly towards Sami because of what a lethal perimeter scorer she is compared with the other guards we've got, but I might be biased after watching her kick everyone's arse for 3 seasons.


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Anonymous
Last year
10:39 21 Dec 17

Reply #662382

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Are you suggesting that Mitchell won't be available and so one of the other 2 will be chosen?


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Melb Fan
Last year
10:49 21 Dec 17

Reply #662384

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Mitchell nor any of the current European based players (Allen, Tolo, Talbot and Mansfield) will be available for the Comm Games as their seasons continue well into April and early May.

Not sure why this camp is in Europe & involving them if they aren't available, though I suspect it's due to a chance to get the World Cup squad together before the WNBA starts as most of those European based players will likely head straight over to the States.


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Waves2Lynx
Last year
10:52 21 Dec 17

Reply #662386

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

So the Euros are going to camp but just can't play?

Good for Sami getting a long awaited call-up. It's going to be tough but I'd defer to Griffin if she's fully fit since it'd be unfair to drop her from squad after the Asian Cup.


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Luuuc
Last year
10:55 21 Dec 17

Reply #662387

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Very much an assumption on my part, yes, based only on Turkish season schedule (regular season finishes on April 14th for Leilani's team I believe)


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Melb Fan
Last year
10:59 21 Dec 17

Reply #662389

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Wouldn't have a clue where I read/heard it, but Sandy did say in one of her many interviews the European players are unavailable. Not sure about other leagues, but I do know the French league (Allen + Talbot) has playoffs/playdowns which each team participates in and don't finish until early May at the earliest.


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Anonymous
Last year
11:27 21 Dec 17

Reply #662393

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

No Mitchell or Mansfield...

Hurst, Clydesdale and Lavey running the point?
Ebzery also a possibility.


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Anon
Last year
14:19 21 Dec 17

Reply #662403

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Based on stats, I thought Wilson and Mijovic were unlucky not to get invited.


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Anonymous
Last year
14:24 21 Dec 17

Reply #662404

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

It is the comm games, I would also have given mijovic and Wilson a look in.


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Anonymous
Last year
23:01 21 Dec 17

Reply #662478

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Wilson has progressed this season but Mijovic has gone backwards


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Anonymous
Last year
23:12 21 Dec 17

Reply #662480

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Pf spot looks terrible without Griffin, Blicavs and Smith.


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Anonymous
Last year
23:32 21 Dec 17

Reply #662482

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

quite right. it is Bishop and then I guess George? Mijovic poster has a good point.


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Anonymous
Last year
01:34 22 Dec 17

Reply #662484

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Julys camp will be interesting.
I'm sure some will be cut from the earlier camp and some fresh faces will come in.
Smith the most likely to enter the squad.



Pretty much the entire Australian talent pool....

PG
Mitchell, Mansfield, Hurst, Lavey, Clydesdale, Cole, Mangakahia*

SG
Whitcomb, Cumming, Ebzery, Seekamp, Snell, Garrick, Wehrung*, Tupaea*, Wallace*

SF
Ohea, Allen, Talbot, Kunek, Wilson, Jarry, Murray, K.Froling*

PF
Griffin, George, Bishop, Mijovic, Garbin, Smith*, A.Froling*

C
Cambage, Tolo, Batkovic, Bunton, Magbegor*, Scherf*

*U22y.o (mostly future prospects)


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Anonymous
Last year
06:39 22 Dec 17

Reply #662488

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Don't think Wilson or Mijovic are Opals material both very limited players that run hot or stone cold , Mijovic has found a bit more of an inside game this season
But she still thinks like a guard sitting on the perimeter
Wilson to slow



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Anonymous
Last year
06:54 22 Dec 17

Reply #662489

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

How bad is Bunton's latest knee injury? Saw pictures of her pre and post surgery but couldn't find any info about what the actual injury is/was.


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Anonymous
Last year
22:44 23 Dec 17

Reply #662882

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Not sure about her injury status.
She was playing very well in seabl for Geelong before she got injured.

She should be in the squad too imo if healthy.


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Luuuc
Last year
22:49 23 Dec 17

Reply #662883

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Isn't she strictly a 5 though? That's probably the one position we've got more than enough depth already with Cambage, Tolo & Batkovic all starting-calibre and Magbegor first cab off the rank for a development spot.


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Anonymous
Last year
23:05 23 Dec 17

Reply #662884

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Tolo will be in Europe.
Magbegor likely there only to be amongst the group.
Smith might not be available due to college commitments.
Whitcomb might get the nod over Griffin.
Blicavs is under an injury cloud.


Leaves only 4 on the current list as possibilties.

Bishop (playing small C, will have to move to non preferred PF)
George (same as bishop, C in WNBA, playing pf in wnbl)
Batkovic (close to 40y.o) time to move on?
Cambage (starting C, her attitude can get her into foul trouble quick)


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Anonymous
Last year
14:34 28 Dec 17

Reply #663303

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Do female players get paid to represent their country in Australia?


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Melb Fan
Last month
17:32 2 Jan 18

Reply #663886

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/act-sport/canberra-capitals-coach-paul-goriss-names-nat-hurst-as-no1-resigning-target-20180102-h0cde9.html

Nat Hurst is going to Poland on a short term contract - not sure whether it's a rest of season contract, which would very likely rule her out of playing Comm Games.


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Anonymous
Last month
17:51 2 Jan 18

Reply #663891

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Going to be a big test for Clydesdale, Lavey and the like if so.


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Melb Fan
Last month
18:03 2 Jan 18

Reply #663896

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Agreed, I have a feeling that's why they added Clydesdale, Seekamp and Whitcomb into the Italy camp squad as well.


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Anonymous
Last month
18:10 2 Jan 18

Reply #663897

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

comm games not until April.
This is just the first camp, another one to come.

Some players will be booted and some added.


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AshT
Last month
19:25 2 Jan 18

Reply #663902

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

It's time Courtney Williams quit horsing around and applied for citizenship.


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Anonymous
Last month
19:26 2 Jan 18

Reply #663903

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

She's on the U.S NT.


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Anonymous
Last month
23:12 2 Jan 18

Reply #663915

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

AshT just how many "naturalised" players do you want filling and Aussie team, getting ridiculous now, all the Aussie players putting in the hard yards from juniors to then be replaced by those who just waltz in because they can't get into their own national teams....Williams needs to stay in the USA side


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Anonymous
Last month
23:17 2 Jan 18

Reply #663916

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Chill anon, we can only take one naturalised player anyway.


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Anon
Last month
23:44 16 Jan 18

Reply #666901

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I think Garbin has had a great year. I'd take her over mcgbebor. What’s everyone’s thoughts on that selection.


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Anonymous
Last month
23:47 16 Jan 18

Reply #666902

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Maybe next camp.


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Anonymous
Last month
06:07 23 Jan 18

Reply #668310

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Olaf has left ummc.

Does that mean his with the opals again?

Hope not, he certainly did nothing with a very talented Russian NT squad.


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Anonymous
Last month
06:10 23 Jan 18

Reply #668311

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Still coaching Russia. Might not be for long though.


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Anonymous
Last month
08:19 23 Jan 18

Reply #668319

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I thought Olaf coaching of the Opals in that final in Asia Cup was disappointing.


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Melb Fan
Last month
11:35 23 Jan 18

Reply #668340

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Now that the WNBL season is over, who does everyone think should be in that Comm Games team? I think the guards select themselves, but the forward spots for mine are looking quite hard to pick.


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Anonymous
Last month
12:22 23 Jan 18

Reply #668346

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Some of these girls not even listed in the first camp, but I would take them to comm games.
World Cup squad will be very different.

Clydesdale/Mangakahia
Whitcomb/Ebzery/Wallace
Ohea/Cumming
Batkovic/Smith/Garbin
Cambage/George

Reserves
Donnelly
Kunek
Bishop

N/A due to euro commitments.
Mitchell, Mansfield, Allen, Talbot, Tolo

Not eligible
Griffin (only 1 foreigner Aloud)

Too old - time for youth.
Hurst, Snell

Not ready
Lavey, Magbegor

Possibly still Injured/in recovery
Blicavs, Bunton


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Anonymous
Last month
12:49 23 Jan 18

Reply #668348

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Happy new year to you Mr/Mrs Mangakahia


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Anonymous
Last month
12:51 23 Jan 18

Reply #668349

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Deserves a spot. Anyway who has watched Syracuse this year will tell you that.


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Really?
Last month
14:35 23 Jan 18

Reply #668366

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

So no Seekamp despite being top 10 in MVP voting.

I'm not sure that makes alot of sense!


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Melb Fan
Last month
14:44 23 Jan 18

Reply #668367

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Does anyone know if the college kids will be available to play Comm Games? I certainly haven't heard anything to confirm or deny it, but wouldn't they still be required by their colleges?

Looking purely at the WNBL players, I'd go something like this:

Hurst, Clydesdale
Whitcomb, Seekamp, Steph Blicavs
O'Hea, Kunek
Batkovic, Bishop
Cambage, George

Would probably give the final spot to Garbin, though it does look a bit big heavy when looking at the competition it doesn't seem necessary to be that way. Otherwise if it's being kept solely within the named squad I'd give the final spot to Snell.


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Anonymous
Last month
16:04 23 Jan 18

Reply #668375

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I'd have the following team:
Hurst, Mansfield
Ebzery, Blicavs, Seekamp
Snell, Kunek
Griffen, Bishop, Magbegor
Cambage, Batkovic


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Anonymous
Last month
16:20 23 Jan 18

Reply #668377

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

3 pt % not good.

Hurst 36%
Lavey 34%
Clydesdale 37%
Seekamp 28%
Cumming 34%
Ebzery 31%
Snell 39%
Ohea 26%
Garrick 30%
Kunek 37%
Blicavs 32%



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Anonymous
Last month
22:12 23 Jan 18

Reply #668422

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Got to love the Mangakahia fan, she's playing college ball and not in that good a team for the women, yets she’s ready and Lavey ( who’s already been to an olympics and worlds and playing elite "women’s" basketball not college ball) isn’t ready lol

In your dreams mate, in your dreams


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Anonymous
Last month
22:13 23 Jan 18

Reply #668423

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Why hasn't it been banned. Should be for sock puppeting.


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Anonymous
Last month
01:26 24 Jan 18

Reply #668442

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Lavey has done jack, Donnelly is a much better option.


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Waves2Lynx
Last month
19:15 24 Jan 18

Reply #668536

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Garbin announced as inclusion for the camp.

Good to see Brondello checking out as many players as she can.


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Anonymous
Last month
19:34 24 Jan 18

Reply #668538

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Very good, would take her ahead of bishop.

How long is Sara Blicavs recovery?
Bunton must be not far away?


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Anonymous
Last month
19:41 24 Jan 18

Reply #668540

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Maybe not far away but not beating George, Batkovic, Cambage, Bishop, Garbin out of a spot. Or Magbegor for that matter.


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Anonymous
Last month
20:16 24 Jan 18

Reply #668555

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

93 6'2 Blicavs 3/4
87 6'2 Griffin 4/3*
94 6'3 Garbin 4
96 6'3 Froling 4
88 6'3 Bishop 4*
89 6'4 George 4/5*
99 6'4 Magbegor 4/5
96 6'4 Smith 4/5
80 6'4 Batkovic 5/4*
89 6'5 Tolo 5/4*
96 6'5 Scherf 5
93 6'5 Bunton 5
91 6'8 Cambage 5*

Pretty deep...

*more than likely last cycle of Asia Cup, Comm games, World Cup, Olympics.


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Waves2Lynx
Last month
22:55 24 Jan 18

Reply #668602

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Are we back in the 60's? Use metric ffs.


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Anonymous
Last month
11:51 27 Jan 18

Reply #668939

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Batkovic has gone to euroleague. BLMA France...


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Anonymous
Last month
11:58 27 Jan 18

Reply #668940

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Blicavs and Bunton out for 2018 SEABL season reported in local paper 3 days ago. Both recovery from major surgery/injury


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Melb Fan
Last month
13:25 27 Jan 18

Reply #668943

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

IMO Garbin will get the gig now that Batkovic is out.

Also according to Boti, Bishop is off to Russia - not sure how long for though. Kunek is playing in France but will supposedly be back well before the games and a while ago Hurst was said to be going to Poland but I haven't seen anything about that since so I'm not too sure whether she ended up going or not.

That's a shame re Bunton, I'd seen on social media she'd had knee surgery a month or two ago. Blicavs I'd never have thought would be able to play SEABL this year, hopefully she'll be right for the start of the WNBL season later this year.


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Anonymous
Last month
15:09 27 Jan 18

Reply #668952

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

If Garbin can get a camp invite and with Batkovic now gone overseas; Mijovic should be the next big called up to the camp! She's only 23 and had a decent year??


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Anonymous
Last month
15:14 27 Jan 18

Reply #668953

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I'd prefer smith.


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Anonymous
Last month
16:04 27 Jan 18

Reply #668958

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Smith has college commitments as does Wallace. Both should be in World Champs team though!


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Melb Fan
Last month
23:18 27 Jan 18

Reply #669089

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I would say Garbin's inclusion to the squad and Batkovic's France signing are very closely correlated. Just as the inclusion of Clydesdale, Seekamp and Whitcomb was with Hurst's announcement of going to Poland (although I still have no idea whether she will be back in time)


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Luuuc
Last month
00:08 28 Jan 18

Reply #669099

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

All the recent inclusions have been right on the money I reckon. (I guess one could say yes - on the money because they were pretty obvious picks - but the last few years have shown that we can't take even obvious things for granted when it comes to the Opals)


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Anonymous
Last month
00:09 28 Jan 18

Reply #669100

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I'm sure they can step away from college for a fortnight if they don't make the NCAA tournament. Stanford not looking good, so smith is an outside chance.


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Anonymous
Last month
07:26 28 Jan 18

Reply #669113

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

hasnt it been said they need to be playing in Aus to make the Opals selections unless injured?

a little gossip bunny mentioned that the other week


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Anonymous
Last month
09:28 28 Jan 18

Reply #669122

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

This is only the first camp.
Brondello said she might add players in the next camp and also take some out.


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ferdterguson
Last month
20:02 31 Jan 18

Reply #669655

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

In a surprising development, Boti Nagy of botinagy.com supports the inclusion of a player from South Australia into the national squad.

http://botinagy.com/blog/common-wealth-for-games/


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Luuuc
Last month
20:23 31 Jan 18

Reply #669659

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Mia is a good player, but it's as if he paid no attention whatsoever the season that just finished. It was not one of her best.
Using the example of one game from 3 seasons ago as part of the argument says everything about the substance of his argument.


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Luuuc
Last month
20:26 31 Jan 18

Reply #669660

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

By the way, do we have any word yet about which players currently in Europe and US College are going to be available for selection?
Would be nice to know so we can start discussing who we'd like in the final 12.


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Anonymous
Last month
21:03 31 Jan 18

Reply #669666

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

We won't no until the second camp in a couple of months time.


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Anonymous
Last month
21:06 31 Jan 18

Reply #669667

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Mia has moved way down the list of small forwards, so too jarry.

3 guard lineups are the way to go these days anyway.
Batkovic and Cambage in the post.


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Luuuc
Last month
21:12 31 Jan 18

Reply #669669

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

If for some reason Allen, Talbot, O'Hea, Kunek & Snell aren't enough at the SF spot, I'd be looking at Ally Wilson as next in line.


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Melb Fan
Last month
21:52 31 Jan 18

Reply #669678

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I thought Murray's season was quite poor in all honesty, her trademark shot wasn't anywhere near the level we were accustomed to. IMO all of the SFs named in this squad were well ahead of her this season. For sure deserved a look in in previous years though.

Hurst's Polish team's article on her arrival alludes to her staying for the remainder of the season - which would rule her out of CG.

This article also suggests Bishop won't be able to play due to her Russian contract, as with Batkovic, which we already knew.
https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/sport/fires-darcee-garbin-eyes-big-time-with-opals-at-comm-games/news-story/8d5d67210560a9371a644676fb434243

I think out of all the Opals who have taken on European contracts, Kunek is the only one with an actual short term one which would get her back before the games.


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Anonymous
Last month
21:54 31 Jan 18

Reply #669679

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Might be missing
Hurst
Mitchell
Mansfield
Allen
Talbot
Kunek
Blicavs (injured)
Batkovic
Tolo
Bunton (injured)


Only ones left are
(and you can only take one of Whitcomb or Griffin)

Lavey
Clydesdale
Whitcomb*
Ebzery
Seekamp
Cumming
Ohea
Griffin*
Garbin
Bishop
George
Magbegor
Cambage


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Anonymous
Last month
22:00 31 Jan 18

Reply #669680

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

If bishop is in Russia, then who's the next big in line?

Scherf? Grant? mijovic?


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
07:09 1 Feb 18

Reply #669698

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

They would be mad to leave Griffin out, her position does t have much in the way of other choices in that 3/ 4spot, and Clydesdale Lavey Ebzery Seekamp and Cummings have the guard spots covered without Whitcomb.

Hard to say who the next big would be, she could choose to take Smith from college especially after her last Opals outing. Sherf has not really performed this past couple of seasons when in the WNBL but handles SEABL with ease, Grant !? Sorry no way IMO
Mijovic, she is so inconsistent, but think she had an OK season this year, if she's on though she a great asset to have, but running so hot and cold as she does it’s a risk.


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
08:25 1 Feb 18

Reply #669703

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I'd go with Mijovic as the role would be a backup position and it's better to have someone who can provide some spark even if it's inconsistent at times!


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
09:09 1 Feb 18

Reply #669707

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Grant? hahahahahahaha


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
09:15 1 Feb 18

Reply #669708

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Ncaa tournament finishes April 2nd.
Comm games are from the 4th-15th April.

The only college kids that will be available are the ones who dont make the tournament and finish early-mid march giving them 3-4 weeks before the games.

Currently you've got ranked and likely to make the tournament.
Mississippi State-Bibby (2nd NCAA)
Baylor-Wallace (3rd NCAA)*
Oregon-Maley, Yaeger (6th NCAA)
UCLA-Horvat (9th NCAA)
TCU-Hellessy (22nd NCAA)
Stanford-Smith (24th NCAA)*
California-Anastasieska (25th NCAA)

Just outside the top 25
Buffalo-Reid
Syracuse-Mangakahia
Minnesota-Edwards


*Means smith is an outside chance and Wallace has no chance of making comm games.

Stanford pretty much has to win out and finish top 2 in PAC 12 tournament.


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
09:22 1 Feb 18

Reply #669710

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

The squad is looking like.

Clydesdale/Lavey
Ebzery/Cumming/Seekamp
Ohea/Kunek
Griffin/George/Garbin
Cambage/Magbegor


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Anonymous
Earlier this month
11:00 1 Feb 18

Reply #669716

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Magbegor struggled at u19 worlds and had little success in the WNBL, in fact hasn't even done much in SEABL?


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Waves2Lynx
Earlier this month
12:38 1 Feb 18

Reply #669728

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

You're right, anon. ROTY means nothing. She should just give up basketball altogether and become a lollipop lady.


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Melb Fan
Earlier this month
13:04 1 Feb 18

Reply #669733

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I think a tournament like this would be a great introduction to the Opals program for Ezi.. Plenty of court time should be available with games against England and Mozambique in the pool stage - even Canada should be a comfortable win with the majority of their best squad playing in Europe.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
10:02 7 Feb 18

Reply #671326

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

No disrespect to Grant, but she has a way to go before Opals. Maybe wait 4 years.

Also a post from 28/12/17
"Do female players get paid to represent their country in Australia?"

When they are not playing but in a camp or tournament they get approx $120 a day. When they are actually playing a game they get $320.

You can see why some players aren't that keen on playing for Australia when it hurts them financially.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
10:19 7 Feb 18

Reply #671329

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Opals World Cup group has

Turkey
Argentina
Nigeria


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Melb Fan
Two weeks ago
10:38 7 Feb 18

Reply #671331

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

All of those groups look fairly even, the USA look to have landed themselves into the 'easiest' group IMO.

By the looks of Batkovic and Bishop's social media posts, they've remained in France and Russia respectively instead of going to the Italy camp. Seems odd, given the French league definitely has a break during the camp period (not sure about Bishop's Russian league).


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ferdterguson
Two weeks ago
11:01 7 Feb 18

Reply #671334

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Would have been good to get everyone together on the same court, even the players that won't be available for the Comm games.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
11:26 7 Feb 18

Reply #671338

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Must win first game for Australia against turkey.

Hollingsworth will be a handful for Cambage/Batkovic


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Melb Fan
Two weeks ago
20:25 7 Feb 18

Reply #671423

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Agreed, the Opals will need to finish first in the group in order to avoid USA until the medal rounds should they make it that far. Finish second and they'll likely meet in the quarter finals, third and they'll potentially meet in the semis.


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Anonymous
Two weeks ago
21:11 7 Feb 18

Reply #671424

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

It won't be easy.
We are not the team we used to be.

I think we will struggle to medal.


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Melb Fan
Last week
19:00 14 Feb 18

Reply #672714

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Yikes.. Marianna Tolo did her ACL again at the Opals camp and will be out of the World Cup.

Such a shame for her, she was having a great season over in Turkey as well, but hopefully she can come back better yet again.


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Anonymous
Last week
19:07 14 Feb 18

Reply #672716

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Wow, terrible news.

Looks like magbegor will get her chance at center.


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Melb Fan
Last week
19:13 14 Feb 18

Reply #672717

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

That or Batkovic chips in some backup center minutes - not too sure how Magbegor's body will hold up just yet against those seasoned bigs that will be at the worlds.

Not ideal that Bunton still isn't right from her knee issues and hasn't played in forever either.


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Anonymous
Last week
19:14 14 Feb 18

Reply #672718

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

And smith looks likely to make ncaa tournament, so she's out also.


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Anonymous
Last week
19:15 14 Feb 18

Reply #672720

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Bunton has plenty of time to get match ft for WC, just not comm games.


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Luuuc
Last week
19:20 14 Feb 18

Reply #672722

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

:'(

That sucks for Marianna. (and for the Opals, and Sparks)


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Melb Fan
Last week
19:20 14 Feb 18

Reply #672723

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Tolo (and all the players in full or rest of season European contracts) weren't going to be available for the comm games anyway.


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Anonymous
Last week
19:26 14 Feb 18

Reply #672724

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Who exactly is available?


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Anonymous
Last week
19:32 14 Feb 18

Reply #672725

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

This looks like comm games squad.

Lavey
Clydesdale
Whitcomb* or Griffin*
Ebzery
Seekamp
Cumming
Ohea
Kunek
Garbin
George
Magbegor
Cambage


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Melb Fan
Last week
19:36 14 Feb 18

Reply #672726

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Yeah that squad looks about right IMO. It'll be interesting to see what they do re the naturalised spot. Griffin didn't attend the camp. but the side looks a bit guard heavy if they go Whitcomb - even more so given the late unavailability of Suzy and Bishop.


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Anonymous
Last week
19:38 14 Feb 18

Reply #672727

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I think it's fine, not many big teams in the comm games.


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ferdterguson
Last week
19:46 14 Feb 18

Reply #672728

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Mangakahia time.


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Anonymous
Last week
20:02 14 Feb 18

Reply #672730

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Doing well atm for sure. Certainly turning heads in the NCAA.


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Anonymous
Last week
07:53 15 Feb 18

Reply #672758

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Mangakahia time.

Doing well atm for sure. Certainly turning heads in the NCAA.


her we go lol


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Anonymous
Last week
17:43 15 Feb 18

Reply #672834

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

I have no idea who this Mangakahia girl is but id be happy to see anyone get a opportunity over lavey!


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Anonymous
Last week
17:58 15 Feb 18

Reply #672840

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Donnelly is better than Lavey.


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Luuuc
Last week
14:06 16 Feb 18

Reply #672967

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Tiana Mangakahia scored 19 points, including the winning 3-pointer with 57 seconds left, and Syracuse upended No. 17 Duke 68-65


(also 11 assists)

;)


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Muggins
Last week
14:56 16 Feb 18

Reply #672979

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

(also 11 assists) and only 7 Turnovers


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Anonymous
Last week
15:24 16 Feb 18

Reply #672983

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Turnovers and 3 pt shooting needs improvement.

Averaging 5.5 turnovers a game and only shooting 29% from 3 but is putting up 18 points, 10 assists (leading NCAA) and 4 rebounds per game. 87% ft.


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Anonymous
Last week
15:27 16 Feb 18

Reply #672987

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

had 10 assists and 10 turn overs previous game,she also puts up the most shots on the team and doesnt have the best %.........see nothings changed then lol


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Anonymous
Last week
15:32 16 Feb 18

Reply #672989

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

44% fg ain't that bad.


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Anonymous
Yesterday
13:46 20 Feb 18

Reply #673656

re: Opals squad named for Feb 2018 camp

Does anyone have any updates from Opals camp? When will the team be named for Comm Games?


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