For those calling for the Opals to have picked an international level point guard we don't have one. Rocci, Reid and Heal were all given plenty of chances to demonstrate their ability in friendlies and qualifying matches and couldn't deliver. They had a high number of turnovers.
Bingo. We gave opportunities to plenty of guards but none did enough to justify a spot on this team. Personally I probably still would have picked one of them purely for depth, but on playing merit I can't argue the decision made.
Unfortunately Lavey couldn't commit 100% to the Opals lead-in, otherwise she would be in the 12 right now and we'd be a better balanced team as a result.
But in a team focused on getting its culture back we can't be making exceptions.
Looking ahead, we need to be better at identifying and developing our next crop of junior talent, and preparing them to compete at the highest level rather than just living in their NBL1/WNBL comfort zones.
2022 is not our year, just as 2021 wasn't. Everyone here has known and expressed that here for ages, so suddenly sooking about the situation now is weird and pointless.
There are zero players who were robbed of a spot in this team or who would have made it fundamentally different.
What I want to see this tournament is the team establish some sort of identity to go forwards with. The talk has been around defence, which would be a nice place to start. I haven't seen much evidence of it yet, but this evening is a great opportunity against a rival who we owe one to. I hope we see some mongrel out there.
My favourite moment last game was that Garbin pick in the backcourt that ended with a Wallace and-one. Give me more of that please.