Two years ago


Well the Emus have been knocked out in final 16 round.

I believe they had big hopes of medalling but that is now gone.

Was Perry the right person for the job?

Also i suppose questions will be asked about player selections also.

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Two years ago

Lets be real we this group don't have a great deal of talent compared to other ages groups in the past.

We only just beat MALI which pretty much says it all.

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Two years ago

Would a Royal Commission be asking too much :-)

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Two years ago

Mali beat Canada

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Two years ago

The road to 2021 starts now.
Find new coaches ASAP then look at getting all contending prospects available when possible.

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Two years ago

The class of players wasn't even that bad, it's just we didn't have the US based talent. As mentioned in the other thread, imagine if we were playing with Green, Maker, Stone, etc.

Thought they played respectably in the games I saw, Froling and Wigness were good, we had a couple of one off standout performances as well. Didn't help Ducas was out/not at his best once he returned either.

Did see some criticism about the defensive intensity which may be warranted.

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Two years ago

So much wasted opportunity with the same players eyed upon for individual talent or other we shall not speak of and missed opportunities to scan talent across the country. BA relying on their state counterparts to send the right players to tournaments and clubs and schools as well. Would be better to have independent representatives who know local comps and advise on hidden talent. And look for what you need to make the team, not make a team of who you think are the best, that leads to unbalanced, selfish teams. The other issue often talked about is the rate of development for players is so variable you need fresh eyes with no relationship to the player to truly see what the talent is. Its human nature to see more positives than negatives in people you know and then even more so if you just like them. It is something we are unable to control and involuntary in thought. We see it all the time, the class favourite at the expense of others and in all relationships it is difficult to be impartial. Its how we chose our friendships. We need a change in the process and maybe opinions.

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Two years ago

In the end a win would have been great but how many of these guys will go on to higher levels as adults?

Only a few will become pro's with many ending up in QBL/NBL1 at best.

Its a weak age group as the next few also appear to be so perhaps we need to lower expectation until we have the talent to compete again.

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Two years ago

Well said 320. Many coaches are so insecure in their ability in spotting talent it's easier to go with the 'norm' in fear of taking a chance. Sheep mentality.
Or maybe they just want to get/keep a coaching gig so will just go with the flow.

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Two years ago

Yep #320 on the money.

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Two years ago

320 on the money, but how do you find someone who is impartial? Anyone who "knows local comps" knows them because they're involved, which means they'll have their own favourites.

I would like to see more kids at camp, though, even into the higher age groups. The group narrows from u15s, with everyone who was there at that point seemingly given priority for future spots. Instead of shrinking it at the expense of late bloomers, expand it and give kids who haven't had a chance the opportunity to show what they can do against established names. There are kids in that u19 squad who were absolutely phenomenal at u15/16 level and have regressed relative to the age group in every year since. Take a kid who was nothing at u15/16 level and has come on in leaps and bounds. Even if he's only on par with the established player, his trajectory is much more positive.

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Two years ago

Kody Stattmann has always been an excellent young player.

Unfortunately his main strength, his 3 ball, just wouldn't drop in this tournament shooting a horrible 21% from there

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Two years ago

Mali, a team we beat make the Gold Medal Game.

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