You asked if WNBL/Euro it counts, and it does count. You never asked whether it was the ONLY factor, which clearly it isn't.
I already gave the example of Bibby. If it wasn't WNBL form that got her in then what did exactly? Given that she was not in the squad, then played an outstanding WNBL season, and then was in the team - in the final 12.
And then you go off track and change the goalposts.
Madgen is the captain and was injured for most of the season but healthy for the tournament, so she kept her spot. Risky, but in hindsight a good call given she was one of our better players and appears to be very highly regarded as a leader.
The cutting of Smith was justified IMO. Her form had been really disappointing. In the past 12 months she has turned it right around so I would hope and expect her to be included again. She deserves it. Time will tell on that one.
Mitchell/Whitcomb was always a positional decision between 2 players we were only allowed to select one of. On form they were both no-brainer selections.
And youth is a whole other discussion. I'm all for getting more youth into the program. The Opals selectors have always been conservative in that regard, regardless of who was in charge. That's not a Sandy thing that is an everybody thing. And I totally get why. But I wish they'd give more youth a chance, especially at the qualifiers level.
I guess it's a risk for us to even do that now since qualifying is not the formality it used to be for the Opals.