Sapphires camp update
Australia’s Under 21 Women’s team, the Sapphires, began their preparation for the 2007 FIBA World Championships for Under 21 Women in Moscow in July with an intense training camp at the Dandenong Basketball stadium in Melbourne over the weekend.
With the tournament around 100 days away, Head Coach Gary Fox was keen to impress upon his players the physical toughness and team culture required to play at the international level.
Only half of the 20 member squad attended the camp, with a number of players currently playing in the United States for college teams, while Abby Bishop, Marianna Tolo and Cayla Francis are currently on a tour of Italy with Australia’s under 19 Women’s team, the Gems.
Renae Camino (Townsville), Caitlin Cunningham (Canberra), Mikaela Dombkins (Sydney Uni), Rachel Herrick (Sydney Uni), Erin Lorenzini (Adelaide), Kathleen Macleod (Dandenong), Jenna O’Hea (Dandenong), Lisa Scaglia (Norwood), Melissa Smith (Sydney Uni) and Elyse Penaluna (Dandenong) all attended the camp.
Rebecca Duke (Adelaide) was a late withdrawal due to last-minute shoulder surgery while Macleod was restricted to a limited training program as she returns from ankle surgery.
Renae Camino left the camp a day early to take up a short term contract with Taranto in the Italian Serie A competition.
The camp was very successful with six 2-hour sessions and two tough scrimmages against the Victoria Metropolitan U16 boys state squad.
The coaching staff also took the opportunity to put the players through a number of physical strength tests and recorded bench marking for all areas of preparation.
The full contingent of players will attend Camp 2 which commences on Good Friday, after which a team will be selected to play against the University of Wyoming and the Japanese National Team between the 10th and 14th of May