Anonymous
Earlier this year

Opals training camp squad named

FIBA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WORLD CUP SQUAD 2022

Sami Whitcomb Perth Lynx
Shyla Heal Sydney Uni Flames
Maddi Rocci Southside Flyers
Rebecca Cole Southside Flyers
Lauren Nicholson Townsville Fire
Tess Madgen Melbourne Boomers
Jade Melbourne UC Capitals
Steph Talbot Adelaide Lightning
Sara Blicavs Southside Flyers
Anneli Maley Bendigo Spirit
Alanna Smith Adelaide Lightning
Ezi Magbegor Melbourne Boomers
Darcee Garbin Perth Lynx
Abby Bishop Southside Flyers
Cayla George Melbourne Boomers
Zitina Aokuso Townsville Fire

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Happy to see Maley rewarded for her excellent play this WNBL season.

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DennisRodmansHair  
Earlier this year

Good to see a roster shake up. Quick glance looks likes there about 5 or 6 Olympics squad members who aren't on that list.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Easier to pick who is not good enough for International basketball.
Heal
Cole
Maley
Aokuso

Leaving

Madgen/Rocci
Whitcomb/Melbourne
Talbot/Nicholson/Blicavs
George/Garbin/Smith
Magbegor/Bishop

Madgen can swing 1/2/3
Nicholson can swing 1/2/3
Whitcomb can swing 1/2/3
Blicavs can swing 3/4
Smith 4/5
George 4/5

Melbourne to be an energiser bunny in 2/3 minute spurts

Better to go big anyway at International ball. Whitcomb likely to carry the ball in crunch time.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Some better seletions.

However
Scherf 15.5ppg, 9 rpg 3pt 67%
Aokuso 10.8ppg 7.5ppg

Scherf totally outplayed her at the Asia Cup. Aokuso struggles to play minutes.


Maddi Rocci - would have preferred to see another guard who has some elite areas to their game, other than turnovers. Mansfield/Wilson as pure point guards, or Wallace as an elite defender, adds hustle, shooting 3 at a good clip and can create own shot.

Rocci is an average shooter, turns the ball over 5.2 turnovers per game and main shot is a right hand layup, and typically has the support of 2 other ball handlers around her. Type of game that doesnt translate to the top level. Plays similar to Cole in many ways.

Nicholson and Blicavs likely selected on past performances.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Cole not good enough for international ball but Rocci is? okkkk

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Funny squad , 8th place at best. Sandy has no idea whatsoever.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

So Ohea, Lavey, Tolo get automatic WC selections it seems.

No Kunek or Wallace is laughable.

Only good selection made was adding Maley.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

#303 proven better to go smaller, like the japs

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Melbourne off the bench for her club team, in the Australian squad and bound for the WNBA .... life is good.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Whitcomb
Cole
Talbot
Magbegor
George

Heal or Rocci
Melbourne
Nicholson
Garbin or Maley
Bishop


Cut for these qualifiers
Madgen
Blicavs
Smith
Aokuso

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Why not test all players that barely get a look in, why bring those vets like George, Magbegor etc etc

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"No Kunek or Wallace is laughable."

No what's laughable is thinking Kunek should take up a spot in a training camp that she can't attend

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

She can if her club team let her

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Sad to the opals fall under sandy over the last 3 years, don't see us making the top 6 at WC.

Unlikely win v Serbia
Korea easy win
Brazil should be more even contest given new additions.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Self titled Defensive coach that has had a terrible defensive record her whole career with both the opals n Phoenix.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Anyone else get the feeling BA never cut the cord with players that haven't worked out in their system, but instead double down on backing them despite the players never producing?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

It's ba...

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Heals first shot but I'm not sure she’ll be a good fiba player.
Madgen and Nicholson had many chances and have never delivered.

Lots of poor defenders in this squad. Think Wallace should be there on d alone.
Melbourne showed good d against Perth.

Pity we couldn’t see the overseas players.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

I currently see an AFLW banner ad below the last post. They are aggressive.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Yeah, Wallace is a bit unlucky with timing. I think if the WNBL season had started at the normal time and not been interrupted she may well have got a spot.

Maybe I'm dreaming but I'd like to think she is still a chance for the World Cup if she keeps up her improvement across the rest of this season.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Japan for the first time in many years have no injuries, absolute star studded squad.
Could very well win gold.

https://twitter.com/japan_jba/status/1483350016513429506?s=21

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I can tell you who sandy will choose for the WC.



Whitcomb-Lavey-Heal
Talbot-Madgen
Allen-Ohea
Magbegor-Blicavs-Smith
George-Tolo


Whitcomb replaces Mitchell(age, form decline)
Heal replaces Ebzery(retired)


Basically no changes, only because of the above have changes been made.


The team will be too slow to defend and we will just be unable to keep up once again.
6-10 place finish at worlds, likely 7th/8th imo resulting in brondello keeping her job until paris Olympics for some reason.


Better teams
USA
Japan
France
Belgium
China
Serbia
Bosnia

Fairly Even
Nigeria
Russia
Canada

Beatable
Korea
Mali
Belarus
Brazil
Puerto Rico

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Agree with the above. Whitcomb in for Mitchell and Heal in for Ebzery. No other changes to the Olympic team.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I don't think those 2 players alone will help the opals achieve anything.
I’m not sold on heal at fiba level, pressure defense and she really does struggle.


My team would be based on character and desire,

Mansfield 1
Lavey 1
Whitcomb 2-1
Melbourne 2
Wallace 2-1
Talbot 3-2
Kunek 3
Allen 4-3
Maley 4
Magbegor 4-5
George 5
Tolo 5

For different reasons, I would not have (this campaign)

Mitchell
Heal
Rocci*
Cole
Madgen
Nicholson
Ohea*
Blicavs
Froling
Garbin*
Smith
Bishop*
Aokuso
Scherf

*reserves
Some are done with opals imo and some have a future.

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Anon  
Earlier this year

O"Hea pulled out, but what happened to Tolo, not that she's much good, Bishop is in much better form and good to see her included for her experience ring an older player
Mitchel is expecting, so Whitcomb will replace her as the naturalised player , can see why Wallace was omitted, she has players literally blow past her every game, throws herself at players and gets into foul trouble all the time, think her time as an opal is past,
Maley a great inclusion though she does get in the way of her own team mates so not sure how that will play out
Lavey AWFL commitments so she will be an inclusion next time no doubt
Cole like Kunek suits 3x3 it’s a selfish game , whilst good players neither great team players when team filled with talent .
Strange omitting Sherf as she’s been better than Akouso, though she’s a bit slow up and down the court
Heal and Rocci... hmmm neither are international level , especially at the 1, neither ready to lead at that position, and Melbourne is just not ready, Madgen is so injury effected , not sure the fast pace against teams like Japan will be good for her , certainly got the smarts though
Blicavs needs to be included , works her tail off and is a mobile and versatile tall.
George and Ezi will be certainties

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

why are we suddenly rushing Heal into the opals when she has spent the last 12 months going backwards?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

#415 no europe based players were selected because of club commitments.
Kunek, Allen and Tolo.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Wallace has been the flyers best defender Imo, not sure who comes close. Cole played good d in the gf last season but it's not something she hangs her hat on.
Rocci n Rocci have the ability to play good d but don’t have the focus to do so.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Blicavs is a traffic cone on defense, couldn't play the 3 and too weak for the 4 in fiba.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Everyone sucks so let's just pick 3 players

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Think Garbin deserves a pf spot. Been very solid for 3 years now shooting the 3 above 43%

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Atm, I got

Lavey-Heal
Whitcomb-Wallace-Melbourne
Talbot-Allen
Magbegor-Garbin-Maley
George-Tolo


Reserves
Mansfield 1
Nicholson 2
Kunek 3
Smith 4
Bishop 5


Done with 5x5 imo
Mitchell 1
Cole 2
Madgen 2
Ohea 3


Others that Still have a future with N.T, post 24' maybe.
Rocci 1
Blicavs 4
Aokuso 5
Scherf 5

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ANON  
Earlier this year

Atm, I got

Lavey-Heal
Whitcomb-Wallace-Melbourne
Talbot-Allen
Magbegor-Garbin-Maley
George-Tolo


Reserves
Mansfield 1
Nicholson 2
Kunek 3
Smith 4
Bishop 5




Christ, Mr Melbourne, are you actually saying your daughter is a better option than Loz Nicholson....WTF

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Avg less than 5 pts as an opal, Madgen even worse.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

It is time to make big changes eventhough sandy won't.
Anyone that has played 3-4 major tournaments and not delivered should not be getting another chance imo.

Some players are brilliant in the wnbl but it doesn’t transition to international ball.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The only locks are Whitcomb, Talbot, Allen, Magbegor, George.



7 spots from, could be anyone...

PG (2 of)
Lavey, Heal, Rocci, Mansfield

SG (2 or 3 of)
Cole, Madgen, Nicholson, Wallace, Melbourne, Wehrung

SF (0 or 1 of)
Ohea, Kunek

PF (2 or 3 of)
Smith, Garbin, Blicavs, Maley

C (1 or 2 of)
Tolo, Bishop, Scherf, Aokuso

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

I'd classify Tolo as a lock as well, but yeah plenty of spots up for grabs for whoever wants to impress at the camp.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

No need to take 5 bigs as we never use them and our struggle is the guard spots mostly.
2/3 of the teams are smaller than us, hopefully sandy doesn't gomwith 5 again.
Think, people forget that Allen plays the 4 for ny too and Talbot can also play there

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Lavey is clearly preferencing AFLW. Should not be anywhere near the Opals squad. Bad enough that she's screwing over the Spirit

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Best they can do is move the season, keep aflw players playing basketball

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Heal rocci wallace
Whitcomb allen magden
Talbot blicavs
Smith ezi
Tolo George

Just a wild guess ????

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

No.. sandy will keep the same squad with minimal change imo.


S5-

Whitcomb(replaces Mitchell)
Talbot
Allen
Magbegor
George

Backups-

Lavey or Heal(replaces Ebzery)
Madgen
Ohea
Blicavs or Smith
Tolo




Wouldn't be the squad I choose though.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Opals team

Heal
Rocci
Whitcomb
Wallace
Madgen
Talbot
Allen
Blicavs
Garbin
Smith
George
Tolo



Stupid squad, why bring the vets. You know what ya getting.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Should have tested Kunek, bishop and Mansfield.

Rocci been awful this season, it boggles the mind how she's going avg over 5 t.o

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

If Madgen doesn't kick ass, surely opals is over.

Not seeing a Nicholson or Kunek doesn’t seem right.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Where is Ezi?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Injured in training

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Anon  
Earlier this year



If Madgen doesn't kick ass, surely opals is over.

Not seeing a Nicholson or Kunek doesn't seem right.

Kunek has had quite a different season in Poland compared to last season.
Health wise she had Covid again, strain and stress issues. Missed about half the season there.

That said, Sandy has her blinkers on re Kunek. When she played on the Comm Games 2018 the side would be up by 30 and she would put her on in junk time.
How can you see if someone has any ability if you don't put them on early in the game. I can't see what advantage players get by not testing them.

That goes for any player selected. As A coach you need to mix it up, test players.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Mansfield and bishop, surely should be tested prior to WC.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Maley didn't make it, surprising.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Take out the vets, we have seen them for years and know what they'll bring.
In a meaningless tournament, test the rest...

Heal
Rocci -Mansfield
Whitcomb -Melbourne
Wallace
Madgen -Nicholson
Talbot -Kunek
Allen -Maley
Blicavs
Garbin
Smith
George -Bishop
Tolo -Scherf

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Take out the vets by adding Bishop? right

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The current opals vets

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Take out the vets by adding replacing 23yo Rocci with 32yo Mansfield? right

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Mansfield is way better than Rocci , it's not close atm.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

LOL well Talbot is way better than Kunek, Whitcomb is way better than Melbourne, Allen is way better than Maley, Tolo is way better than Scherf, yet you want all them replaced?
Your so called reasoning is not holding up very well!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

No, they are locks, he wants to,test all the potentials numbnuts.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

We know several are locks so bring the potentials, what's the point of bringing players like George, Tolo, Allen etc. etc

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Same - Same  
Earlier this year

Kunek is way better than Blicavs ATM. Sara has struggle to get back to her best since she did her knee.
You can't keep appointing a player on past performance all the time, things change

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Kunek according hustwaite is injured, Mansfield injured.

Other people saying Cole, Maley, Kunek, Garrick are 3x3 with comm games

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

What was the score vs France today?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Bishop out 12 weeks

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Saw some Twitter feeds that France beat them.
Rocci n Blicavs werent great supposably.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

From the French Basketball Twitter page , I cant see scores and I cant read French . There maybe more info there but its not obvious.

https://twitter.com/FRABasketball/status/1490780667667431425

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-  
Earlier this year

it says - nice duel against Australia, one of the best teams in the world.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Lots of video about, haven't seen the box score though.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Gruda wasn't playing either

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

USA Basketball has announced its 12-person roster for the FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournament:

Jewell Loyd
Kelsey Plum
Ariel Atkins
Stef Dolson
Allisha Gray
Chelsea Gray
Natasha Howard
Bri Jones
Kayla McBride
Kelsey Mitchell
Dearica Hamby
Alyssa Thomas

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Change of guard under reeves

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Belarus team riddled with covid and booted out of qualyfying.

Canada, Japan and Bosnia auto qualify for WC.


The final 12 is pretty much set Imo.

Korea or Brazil, 1 of not making it
Mali or Nigeria, 1 of not making it
Puerto Rico not making it

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The WC will be an eye opener for womens basketball in Aus.
Real possibility we finish outside the 8

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

For Australian viewers, the games will be streamed on Kayo. The Opals will play three games over the course of the Qualifiers.

AUSTRALIAN TIME SCHEDULE:

The Opals first game will be against Brazil on Thursday, February 10, at 10pm AEDT

The second game will be against Serbia on Sunday, February 13, at 7am AEDT.

The third game will be against Korea on Monday, February 14, at 1am AEDT.

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Hoopie  
Earlier this year

I expect us to get caned by Serbia because of their talent and coaching, with a bit of spice possible due to the way Djoker was handled.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Serbia are testing alot of new youth, far from their best squad.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Lineup looked to be

Whitcomb
Talbot
Allen
Smith
George

Rocci
Wallace
Madgen
Blicavs
Tolo

Heal
Garbin

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Imo should be cutting Blicavs, putting Allen at the 4 like New York do, Talbot closer to the basket as the 3 like seattle do and putting another guard next to Sami at the 2 or 1.

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