Isaac
Earlier this year

Women's Asia Cup 2019, Opals vs China

Final group game tonight. A win would give them top spot in the group and a day's rest. Group winners go straight to the semis while the others play in a quarter-final.

BA:

The Chemist Warehouse Opals will face China on Thursday night - Tip-off is at 8:00pm (AEST). Watch live on Fox Sports channel 507 or stream on Kayo.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Not a good start, judging by the score.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

It's like when you turn up at training at 7:30 in the evening and you see a bunch of old grandmas exercising with basketballs, shufflin there feet and trying to pass the ball to a virtually lifeless teammate. That’s how the opals are playing tonight.

Cambage pretty much carries the team. Pretty clear. If she ain’t available for qualifiers, we might not get to Tokyo.

George and Bishop cannot slide there feet.
Seekamp should not take the floor at all.
Talbot and Allen much lazier than I remember on D in comparison to how they played at WC.
Magbegor needs to get agro but her demeanour is always so fragile. Athletic, but not strong.
Garbin and Blicavs both get a little confused, losing there man and overlapping on offense.
Nicholson not even being used...
Mitchell a couple of good passes but offers no real spark. Not as much space to work in vs wnba.
Ebzery has been our best player, attacked the basket at least 5 times. Played good d.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Why did we not take Griffin? We look lost tonight :(

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

think she's not fully fit.
It was Mitchell or Whitcomb.

Some tired bodies showing, there use to just lobbing it into Cambage...
Who didn’t see this happening though.

Brondello not a great selector it seems if she is choosing these teams.
I remember last year she wanted Mansfield as the backup pg, both Mitchell and her injured late on. Ebzery moves over from sg to pg, Madgen comes in as backup pg and Lavey (who shouldn’t have been there) got few minutes but was still a level above Madgen.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Hooefully we run over them late on, but this team will struggle vs euro, America's and Africa teams in the first phase.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Opals without Cambage are so mediocre

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

And now they face japan.. who move the ball three times as fast. No size though.

Deserved to lose for sure, credit to China, wanted it more.

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Nostraballmus  
Earlier this year

Nostraballmus asks what do we Google when we lose to Asian opposition ?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

soundly beaten on the glass and then threw it away 18 times as well. that's a real bad night.

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LC  
Earlier this year

Was definitely a sub par performance from the Opals. China were good and exposed the Aussies weaknesses, but the Opals had plenty of opportunities and never took them.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

We suck... how many could you guarantee a Tokyo roster spot. I could not say for certain any are a lock.

Why no Nicholson?

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skull  
Earlier this year

Thought the time outs were a bit lack lustre, coach made up for them with those stiletto's though....

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Red84  
Earlier this year

Dreadful last 2 mins from Ebzery. Involved in 3 turnovers.

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Nostraballmus  
Earlier this year

Nostraballmus is over watching deplorable Oz EOG play

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

AWWWWW YOU! THIS WAS DREADFUL STUFF MAN.

Leilani Mitchell 3/11. Are you KIDDING ME?

Yeh good one Sandie Brondello, not playing Lauren Nicholson A SINGLE DAMN MINUTE. Meanwhile other players stink up the court and play big minutes. Then the dopey FIBA website says Abby Bishop was the best performer when she did NOTHING. what is going on with this program?

It isn't good enough.

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Anon  
Earlier this year

It was a shocker for sure, and Ebzery whilstbshe May have "attacked" the basket ,of simply throwing yourself at the opposition to get to the line is the crux of our garment, it's a pretty dismal future and her defence was awful , O’Hea plays with so much heart and Allen getting fouled off didn’t help, but it’s not good signs if this is what they are producing, China are a well drilled team, but they are nothing next to the likes of Spain and the USA, on fact several euro teams would have a stronger group .

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

A Japan loss and I would finally give the job to Seebohm. Other teams evolve so quickly and we look complacent.
A 3rd seed in Asia means we will face upper Echelon teams from Europe, Spain, France, Belgium, Serbia, Italy and the like.

Sandy can't coach a team without a huge post player. Her selections are terrible, giving preference tomhistory ove current form. Her,unwillingness,to,play a great defender and shooter in Nicholson’at all is a bit baffling giving a lot more minutes to undersized post players jacking up,3s.
For a defensive minded coach, we suck, we also can’t move the ball. We’ve Become a custom to spreading the floor with shooters and letting Cambage do her thing inside. When we actually have to play through teams, we have no idea.

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BelieveIt  
Earlier this year

Is Sandy good enough to lead the Opals to Gold in Worlds and Olympics. She gets to coach the best teams but does she get the best out of the teams she coaches?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I wouldn't keep her as mercury coach, hasn’t changed her team much at all in the last few years.
Aging squad with no real vision for the future. 85% of her players are between 31-35.
Turner, Cunningham and smith the only young ones at.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Tokyo

2 PG ? / ? (Options-Mitchell, Seekamp, Mansfield, Lavey, Mangakahia)
1 CG ? (Options-Ebzery, Wallace, Madgen, Tupaea)
2 SG Ohea / ? (Options-Whitcomb, Nicholson, Garrick, Cole, Wilson)
2 SF Allen / Talbot (Others-Blicavs, Kunek, K.Froling)
2 PF ? / ? (Options-Griffin, Smith, A.Froling, Garbin)
1 PF/C ? (Options-George, Magbegor, Bishop)
2 C Cambage / ? (Options-Tolo, Scherf)

Think only Cambage, Allen, Talbot and Ohea are locked in.
The naturalised spot is now wide open. I'm leaning towards griffin starting at the 4.

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Mike  
Earlier this year

The Phoenix squad is a bit of a disgrace. 8 of 12 players over 32 + Griner at 29. Smith decimated before her injury and Cunningham not played much either. Has a bit of the 'Ross Lyon's' about the coaching orientation.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Sucks that we couldn't see Wallace, Aokuso or Mangakahia in the last year.. Really think they would surprise some people if they were healthy. Back to back injuries, fresh ones and unfortunate diagnosis for someone so young but seems to be pushing through.

Garrick is a must atm, certainly over Seekamp. A much better defender and a streaky shooter. Griffins toughness is much needed.
A bigger centre with a bigger body like Tolo over someone like bishop who is bordeing only on 6’2-6’3. Garbin has done little to earn her spot, looks,lost a lot of the time. Need more time developing.

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anon  
Earlier this year

Garbin has done little to earn her spot, looks,lost a lot of the time. Need more time developing.

shes is almost 26 has been at the AIS, played WNBL for years how much more can she develop, this is the problem, why not let the younger ones have a crack, they insist on having players who literally have stagnated for years in their position, and you always here, lets see how they develop....

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

no development coach with wnbl teams. If they work on there skills in ais or college, nothing changes when they leave.
Very very few go to actual trainers to improve skills.

A new wnbl should change that, an actual professional setup.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Spot on about development. Last night's loss started long before Brondello got involved.
When these players walk out of CoE it is often the last proper development they ever get and it is costing them in their pro careers and most of all costing the opals medals. It is also a by product of players having to chase every dollar they can find leaving no physical recovery time and no development time.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Anyone have an inside line as to why the wnbl was not snapped up by kestleman last year and aligned with the men's teams?

Did a particular women think it was better off sticking with the current league?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Jackson is absolute cancer to the women's program. Unbelievable player but her and garp will not bring the wnbl back.
None have been able to lift the league to a well run program that’s is financial stable., this is the 4th person in charge in like 5 years.

I really just see them handing it over to kestleman within 1-2 seasons.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Comfortable win for us.

Gets worse for nz, beaten by korea, finishing outside top 4.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

NZ were terrible in that game. They have a pretty talented roster on paper but were made to look very second rate by Korea.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Losing quite a few players in the next cycle, who will replace them?

Cocks is 33 pg
Taylor 37 sf
Farnworth 32 sg
Harmon 32 pf

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Mother of all anons  
Earlier this year

Molloys's magic can replace any player !

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Opals-Japan semi final about to tip off.

And yay, we have been blessed with Shane Heal commentating from a studio :/

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

And bishop is in the team because?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

All these wnbl coaches and they select a team that maybe can go 7-8 deep.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Next months u16s, same issue. Bring players who cannot defend these quick guards...
I've been saying it since we became apart of Asia.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Embarrassing quarter for the opals

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Cayla George is the worst player I've ever seen play. Her pick and roll defence and defence in general is disgusting

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

yes she has always been an awful defender. does not care at all.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

George is flat footed, same as bishop.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

You could be playing allennat the 4 instead of havin both George n Ezi.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"George is flat footed, same as bishop."

same as Blicavs too

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Cayla George is the worst player I've ever seen play. Her pick and roll defence and defence in general is disgusting"

Well you can address the elephant in the room if you like. Not even close to being fit enough to play at this level. Same goes with a couple of other players - Seekamp being another that's been in a good paddock

The point guard position is a huge worry.

Embarrassing quarter from professional athletes.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Signs of life this quarter led by Mitchell but can we survive the bench minutes to come

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

No fujioka for Japan either.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

at what point will we start guarding miyazawa?

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

And yay, we have been blessed with Shane Heal commentating from a studio :/

Basketball commentary in this country seems to be all about helping Heal recover from his bankruptcy by assigning him to every game possible.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Lazy by most involved, Allen probably the only 1 who hasn't given up every second play.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

This is worse than 2017. Nothing has been learned.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Game over. Too many of these opals act passive like if Cambage was still in the team and they can stand around and watch. Allen and Mitchell are all class but there is not enough talent around them.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Griffin over Mitchell easy, need some toughness under cambage.
Allen at the 3, ohea at 2, Ebzery at 1.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Griffin would have been good with Cambage out but in a full strength team I would take Mitchell every day

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Who's at pf?

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Thoroughly uninspiring match. Opals lucky that Japan were badly off target in the early stages because it could have been worse.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Luuuc, whatsvyoure wuakyfying squad loook like?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Qualfying'

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Red84  
Earlier this year

Today we saw a team of players that focus laser like on their role, beat a team of generalists.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

When is the tournament? I gather it is after the WNBL season? If so I want to see who is healthy & who is playing well here. And who looks like they actually want to pull on the green & gold in Tokyo.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

It's pretty much next month, early nov

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Not a bad call, Red84. It did feel a bit like that.
About the only positive from this tournament so far has been the increased responsibility that Magbegor has got. She has handled it pretty well given her age.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

November 14-17.

We face Japan, chinsee taipei and India.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

It's pretty much next month, early nov

Oh geez. Ok. So probably no Smith then. What is Tolo's status? Is Cambage available?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I'm going with...

Ebzery / Lavey
Ohea / Garrick / Cole
Allen / Talbot / Nicholson
Griffin / Magbegor
Cambage / Tolo

Mitchell, seekamp, Garbin, Blicavs, Bishop, George. Drop out.
Smith, Wallace, Mangakahia , Aokuso. Out injury/illness

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Most of the Japanese squadbin mid twenties, should dominate for at leastn5 more years.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

^ That's not a bad side, but while Griffin & Mitchell are both walk-up starts at their respective positions, I think that we're a better team with Mitchell.
I'm not sold on Garrick either.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Garrick has been top notch this season so far, 3x3 has really helped her.
Watch her preseason games.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

So maybe

Mitchell
Ohea
Talbot
Allen
Cambag

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Kunek was playing well in 3x3 provides more than some of those players.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

All the 3x3 ladies have been playing quite well (and they managed an Asia Cup gold medal), but none were invited to the 5x5 Asia Cup selection camp. Perhaps both teams are being kept separate and thus those in the 3x3 team are not in contention for 5x5 selection. There must be 3x3 Olympic qualifiers at some point too.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

When they don't overlap, they should be see.

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Hardwork  
Earlier this year

Disappointing to see Opals getting out worked and out hustled in both their 2 losses. Hard work beats talent, if talent don't work hard.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Odd that Nicholson got so few minutes, hard that get into your rhythm when your playing only a couple of minutes at a time.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

No one crsshin the glass, looked like they were relying on the ghost of Cambage to pull down the boards.
To be out rebounded by 5'8-5’11 guards just by sheer desire is disturbing.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I know the WNBL is having a break week for olympic qualifiers so those Opals can participate, but what about players who will be overseas? Will Cambage and Allen etc. be able to leave their overseas clubs to actually play in the qualifiers?

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