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Last year

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

Burton noticeably missing as well

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Anonymous  
Last year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pretty good squad

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Anonymous  
Last year

Whitcomb is not an Aussie

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Anonymous  
Last year

Mangakahia is the new Clydesdale

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Waves2Lynx  
Last year

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

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

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

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

Only 1 of Mitchell and Griffin can be chosen still?

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Anonymous  
Last year

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

"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

No Phillips, good call.

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Luuuc  
Last year

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

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

I see her as more of a 2 though tbh

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Luuuc  
Last year

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

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

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

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

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Anonymous  
Last year

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

whose spot does she take though? Kunek?

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Anonymous  
Last year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Mitchell or Mansfield...

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

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Anon  
Last year

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

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Anonymous  
Last year

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

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Anonymous  
Last year

Wilson has progressed this season but Mijovic has gone backwards

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Anonymous  
Last year

Pf spot looks terrible without Griffin, Blicavs and Smith.

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Anonymous  
Last year

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

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Anonymous  
Last year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Melb Fan  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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

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Melb Fan  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

She's on the U.S NT.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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

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Anon  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

Maybe next camp.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

Still coaching Russia. Might not be for long though.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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

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Melb Fan  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

Happy new year to you Mr/Mrs Mangakahia

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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

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Really?  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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

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Waves2Lynx  
Earlier this year

Garbin announced as inclusion for the camp.

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

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Batkovic has gone to euroleague. BLMA France...

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

I'd prefer smith.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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

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Melb Fan  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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

Scherf? Grant? mijovic?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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 year

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 year

Grant? hahahahahahaha

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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 year

The squad is looking like.

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

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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 year

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 year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

Opals World Cup group has

Turkey
Argentina
Nigeria

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Melb Fan  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

Must win first game for Australia against turkey.

Hollingsworth will be a handful for Cambage/Batkovic

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Melb Fan  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

Wow, terrible news.

Looks like magbegor will get her chance at center.

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Melb Fan  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

:'(

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

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Melb Fan  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

Who exactly is available?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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

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ferdterguson  
Earlier this year

Mangakahia time.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Mangakahia time.

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


her we go lol

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

Donnelly is better than Lavey.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

(also 11 assists) and only 7 Turnovers

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

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  
Earlier this year

44% fg ain't that bad.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

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

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Within a day or two, players know who missed out, and who got selected.

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