Luuuc
Earlier this month

Opals - Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Schedule:
Feb 7, 4:00am AEDT vs France
Feb 9, 6:30am AEDT vs Puerto Rico
Feb 10, 12:00am AEDT vs Brazil

* All games live streamed on FIBA's YouTube channel
* Opals need to finish top 3 to qualify

Team:
Leilani Mitchell
Katie-Rae Ebzery
Nicole Seekamp
Stephanie Talbot
Lauren Nicholson
Rebecca Allen
Jenna O'Hea
Alanna Smith
Ezi Magbegor
Cayla George
Marianna Tolo
Elizabeth Cambage


Official Tournament Page


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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

If they're genuinely the 2nd best team in the world, they should do it easy.

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James Harvey fan  
Earlier this month

So from Asia cup:

Blicavs, Bishop, Garbin out

Cambage, Smith, Tolo in

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

much better team than Asia cup and should be an improvement on pre Olympic qualifying.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Need a good showing, losses to China, Japan etc.
We've been terrible in the last year, want to see massive improvement.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

When is Wallace healthy?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

You would think this will also be the team for tokyo providing all stay healthy. This will be a good test.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this month

I just hope Brondello gives everyone a fair run.
Pity we've got France first up, because I'm guessing she'd rotate more freely if we already had 2 wins under our belts by the time we played them.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

I hope Wallace replaces Seekamp, not sure where she'll get the playing time. Nbl1 maybe. Would have to kill it in the first 3 months.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Wallace was drafted. If she reports to training camp and plays well in the first half of WNBA, she has every chance.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

I don't think Atlanta will bring her in.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Wnba starts in may, Tokyo training in June.
Not happening. It's nbl1 for 3 months or no hope of Olympics.

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anon  
Earlier this month

Wallace has also not had any playing time in the last 2 years, you cant call the three games she played with Canberra before the second ACL court time, she was still on limited minutes. Hanging too many hats on a player that has yet to really prove their worth at senior level

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

I'd be taking Kunek if they don’t qualify for 3x3 and id also be taking griffin, pushing out Mitchell.
Smith has shown glimpses, so too Magbegor but still neither ready for big minutes. George is a liability on d, so too Mitchell and Seekamp.

Ebzery goes back to sRrting like at WC. Choice of Seekamp, Lavey, Wallace, Mangakahia as backup. All 4 should be healthy by June-July.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Why would Lavey be in the team?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

No pgs beyond what's on the list and who’s injured.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Lavey has not impressed this season

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Anonymous  
Earlier this month

Yes, we need pgs and sgs desperately.

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ahmed  
Two weeks ago

Shyla Heal should be in this team.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Not ready by a long shot.

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Anon  
Two weeks ago

Heal is years off , just because she has connections doesn't mean she’s ready for big ball lol

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Tier 1
Mitchell / Ebzery / Seekamp - current opals pgs.

Tier 2
Wallace / Mangakahia - unproven but on the fringe
Lavey / Tupaea / Mansfield / Clydesdale - had chances but failed to capitalise. Some Injured at times of comp.

Tier 3
Rocci / Heal / Conti / Reid / Scanlon - some signs they can get to the senior international stage

Tier 4
Tessari / Elsworthy / Cubillo - doesn't look likely they’ll make the jump this early on.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Cassidy McLean is better than all of Tier 4.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

But a sg...

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Heal is also a sg. she is just trapped in a pg size body. Her last 2 games 54 points 1 assist.

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Luuuc  
Two weeks ago

Blicavs comes into the 12 as an injury replacement for O'Hea, who is expected to be out for 10-12 weeks :(
O'Hea Wrist Injury

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Losing Jenna is a big blow for both the Opals & Flyers

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Kunek busy during that time?

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Good question! Kunek is in great form atm

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Blicavs is in the squad of 20. Kunek is not she is playing 3x3 like Cole Garrick Froling

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

I don't think 3x3 is at the same time as Olympic qualifiers though.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Kunek has played far better than Blicavs this season without question.
Sandy must have no faith in Kunek for what ever reason.
3x3 you picked because you can contribute, score, defense, screen etc. quickly.

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Anon  
Two weeks ago

^Kunek plays for herself...not what a national team needs

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Kunek has 3 times more assists than Blicavs.
There's never been a shot that Sara doesn't like.
You need to remove those rose coloured glasses that you use when you are watching Sara play.
I watched Kunek during her Melbourne years and she was a total team player.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Blicavs dominates bro. Southside are balling you can't deny that.

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Anon  
Two weeks ago

"Blicavs dominates bro. Southside are balling you can't deny that."

Yeah, we can't deny that Southside is killing it. But what is Sara giving it. Southside has just about a national team.

She's not in the top 10 in scoring, ave is down on previous years, hasn't come up to her normal standard since her come back.

I've been following the posts about the two players and people need to look at it objectively.

Its always easy to play well in a team when its flying.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Player G eFG% TS% FTAr% 3PAr% %PIP %2CP ORB% DRB% TRB% ASS/TOV TOV% USG% GameSc
S. Blicavs 15 51.4 53.6 12.6 32.2 44.4 11.1 5.8 15.3 10.6 0.9 7.9 20.7 10.4
A. Kunek 15 50 55.9 37.4 32 43.6 11.1 3.2 9.5 6.7 1.1 11.5 26 12.1


Similar players. Alice has a higher usage rate (26% v 20%) as she is one of the main creators on her team. Sara is a 4th/5th option on her team and spaces the floor well and plays within the system.
Sara rebounds better and is a better defender. Sara's role on a team like the opals scales well with what she is currently doing. Alice is a good player although wouldn't be asked to create and would be a lower usage player with the Opals.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Where do you get the stats on efg%, usage rates etc for the WNBL? Stats on the official site are garbage.

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Luuuc  
Two weeks ago

They really are. It's a shocker of a website for even the most basic info.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

The powers that be probably knew about the Alice injury before the decision was made.

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ANON  
Two weeks ago

^ it's only just happened in the last game she played

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

^ Same weekend as O'Hea's injury where Sara was named as a replacement a few days later.

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Luuuc  
Two weeks ago

Kunek wasn't in the squad of 20 so she was never going to be brought into the 12.
It also seems like you can only be either an Opals player or a 3x3 player, not both.

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Anonymous  
Two weeks ago

Cole was in the last camp to this current one.

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