Anonymous
Earlier this year

Opals - Four Nation Tournament

http://basketball.net.au/chemist-warehouse-australian-opals-arrive-in-china-ahead-of-four-nation-tournament/



Pretty poor by the selectors imo.

Hurst, Donnelly over Lavey.
Scherf also should have been in the squad.
Only 1 big in magbegor and 2 undersized pf in Griffin and Garbin.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Yeah, the lack of size of the team struck me immediately. What the??

Lauren Mansfield
Tessa Lavey
Tess Madgen
Katie-Rae Ebzery
Tahlia Tupaea
Nicole Seekamp
Stephanie Blicavs
Alice Kunek
Jenna O'Hea
Kelsey Griffin
Darcee Garbin
Ezi Magbegor

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I'd have

Mansfield
Blicavs
Ohea
Griffin
Magbegor

Ebzery
Seekamp
Kunek
Garbin
Scherf

Donnelly
Madgen

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Going up against big teams like China and Serbia...

Mitchell, Mansfield, Ebzery, Blicavs and Ohea are probably locked in those 5 guard spots.

Problem position is pf.
If Mitchell is taken, Griffin can't make it and you're down to only George (and Smith who is no guarantee)

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Anyone know how far away Blicavs, Tolo, Bunton and Wallace are from full recovery?

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Cram  
Earlier this year

Any word on if they're gonna play any games at home before the WCs later in the year?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

These are the only games prior to Spain, Cram.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Anyone know how far away Blicavs, Tolo, Bunton and Wallace are from full recovery?"

Well considering The magnitude of Blicavs injury you would not expect her ready at the earliest at the end of the year which is 12mths since her injury, but more realistically an injury that involved so much damage you would be thinking 18 months as good.
Button is always injured, don't rate her chances of staying sound, and she’s missed so much crt time the last few years.
Tolo according to Canberra is looking to be on track for maybe December on limited minutes and Wallace only did hers in March this year so realistically even with a great recovery it’s 12 months fir an ACL, which brings you to the question why did Canberra even sign two players with such long term injuries . Add Griffin into the mix who’s just had surgery on her ankle, and it leaves you thinking it’s going to be a big ask.

This 4 nations team is probably the worst ever put together.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Apparently recovery time now for acls is not 12 months anymore.
Just what I heard.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I see the WC side as

Mitchell PG
Mansfield PG
Ebzery CG
Blicavs SG
Ohea G/F
Kunek SF
Talbot SF
Allen CF
Smith PF/C
George PF/C
Batkovic C
Cambage C

If Batkovic or smith don't play, then magbegor will come on.
Kunek could get pushed aside for another guard in madgen or seekamp.

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Waves2Lynx  
Earlier this year

Don't mind this team. It's basically a set of friendlies and we get to see what the WNBL contingent is capable of.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

why not test someone other than lavey?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Do not understand why Lavey keeps making these teams?!!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I guess if you make the program, you stay.

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ANON  
Earlier this year

"Apparently recovery time now for acls is not 12 months anymore.
Just what I heard."

That might explain why they keep redoing them
Honestly for the sake of a few extra months is it really worth rushing them back

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Camel 31  
Earlier this year

gotta feelin they'll take griffin.....

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Marty  
Earlier this year

Correct me if I'm wrong, but since Leilani Mitchell has an Australian Mum, does that not exclude her from the only one naturalised player rule.

In essence, Australia could include both Leilani and Kelsey Griffin.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Yeah that has been speculated for a while now, but I don't know if it is correct.
Sure would be handy though since our best possible team would have naturalised players at the starting 1, 2 & 4 spots.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

is Batkovic going to play with no Tolo or Bunton available?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Every other time she has turned down the world champs and been only interested in olympics so I doubt it

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Crazy.
Putting magbegor as a backup to Liz seems pretty stupid.
Needs more time. No elite completion at comm games.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Anyone got a livestream for tonight's game?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Wow, we are crap...

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

I didn't get to see any of it but here's the Google Translated Boxscore

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Griffin carrying the team as usual. Garbin with some nice scoring in her minutes - which seem surprisingly limited given how few talls we have. Looks like O'Hea played most of her minutes at the 4 spot. Such a weird rotation we sent over.
I'm seriously unimpressed by the amount of workload we're asking Griffin to carry for 6 games in 8 days considering her recent injury history.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

no one is really up to scratch.

Probably need Whitcomb more than we need Mitchell or Griffin.


Ebzery
Whitcomb
Allen
Smith
Cambage

Mansfield
Ohea
Talbot
George
Batkovic

Blicavs
Geez I dunno, give it to Hurst, Donnelly or Conti.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"I didn't get to see any of it but here's the Google Translated Boxscore “


The spelling of the names is hilarious......who's Tess March??, it’s not Tassa Ravi( Tessa Lavet) lol

The names are spelt with an Asian accent Lol

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Camel 31  
Earlier this year

Looks like Griffin went double double agen , naturally.....
...gotta be my favorite player .. pretty to watch...

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ferdterguson  
Earlier this year

Is there a boxscore for game 2?

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Opals-Serbia boxscore
Link

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Camel 31  
Earlier this year

The boxscore emphasized something I already knew well .
Griffin game's most points and rebounds agen....

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paul  
Earlier this year

Great defensive performance after quarter-time tonight. O'Hea with some big plays too. Hard to see how Griffin can't be in the team, she is such a heart and soul player and has been an intricate part of this new era. If only we could have her and Mitchell. Bugger.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Great game by Magbegor after griffin got into foul trouble. Good test against some big strong opposition and a vocal crowd.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Only Mansfield, Ebzery, Blicavs, Ohea and Griffin should be in the mix for the WC team.

Should be laveys last outing, along with kunek(ohea, allen, Talbot ahead)
Seekamp, madgen and Tupaea are (4-6)best SG options and will struggle to get NT time.
Garbin and magbegor still need a lot of development and should not be at the WC.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Griffin down with looks like a serious hamstring injury

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Kelsey just went down in the 3rd with a highly suspected hamstring related injury, she was down for a few mins clutching it.

:(

She was lighting it up this game as well. So sad if this ends her WC hopes, she's put so much into getting herself right for this tournament and hopefully WC selection.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

I'm seriously unimpressed by the amount of workload we're asking Griffin to carry for 6 games in 8 days considering her recent injury history.



nek minit

from Basketball Australia
OPALS Devastating news for the @ChemistWhouse Opals and @Griffinkelsey23 as she appears to be leaving the court with a serious hamstring injury - we are all thinking of you Kelsey!


:(

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Let's hope it's some kind of new-fangled non-serious hamstring injury

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

If its a major injury, I don't see her playing again.
Hope she's ok.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

now O'Hea injured in today's game. China beating us easily so far.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

China wins 70-49

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

We had our golden era on the women's side...
think we will struggle to get a top 5 finish at the WC.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Anyone got the link to the stats for the loss to China?

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

So lavey has scored 7 points for the whole tournament.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

You might want to check your maths on that considering she got 8 in one game

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Great defensive performance after quarter-time tonight. O'Hea with some big plays too. Hard to see how Griffin can't be in the team, she is such a heart and soul player and has been an intricate part of this new era. If only we could have her and Mitchell. Bugger."

From memory didn't Rangers get away with having three “imports” one year in WNBL when they added Mitchell because her mother was a Torres Strait islander, so she actually wasn’t classed as a “naturalised “player.
That could be the loop hole the opals need to include her and a Griffin, though with this latest injury , added to her every growing list of injuries and her age now coming into effect it may end up not factoring in for Kelsey sadly.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Both Nakkasoglu and Hollingsworth listed on the Turkey roster.
Maybe one still has to be cut.

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