Opals squad announced

Opals squad announced

Basketball Australia has announced a 26-woman defencejobs Opals squad for its campaign to follow World Championship Gold with Olympic Gold. All 12 World Champion defencejobs Opals have been retained, including Adelaide Lightning guard Erin Phillips, who is recovering from a

Basketball Australia has announced a 26-woman defencejobs Opals squad for its campaign to follow World Championship Gold with Olympic Gold.

All 12 World Champion defencejobs Opals have been retained, including Adelaide Lightning guard Erin Phillips, who is recovering from a knee reconstruction.

The youngest member of the squad is 20-year old Townsville Fire guard Renae Camino, while recent Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) championship winner Tully Bevilaqua is the oldest at 34 years of age.

“This is the squad, but certainly we can add and delete players at any given time,” defencejobs Opals head coach Jan Stirling said.

“That has always been the case with shadow teams when they’re announced 18 months out from an Olympic Games.”


“A number of players named in the squad will be subject to stringent fitness and physiological testing in April in advance of the Opals’ June camp.”

Tours to China, Russia and the United States are scheduled for 2007.

The squad is as follows:

Eva AFEAKI                             Sydney Uni

Suzy BATKOVIC                       Ekaterinburg, Russia              

Tully BEVILAQUA                    Canberra                    

Michelle BROGAN                  Melbourne, ABA                    

Renae CAMINO                      Townsville                  

Rohanee COX                          Townsville                  

Hollie GRIMA                          Bulleen                                               

Jacinta HAMILTON                 Dandenong                 

Kristi HARROWER                   Valenciennes, France             

Lauren JACKSON                    Bichumi, Korea

Kathleen MACLEOD                Dandenong

Sharin MILNER                        Bulleen                       

Emily McINERNY                    Dandenong

Jenna O’HEA                           Dandenong     

Erin PHILLIPS                          Adelaide                                 

Natalie PORTER                      Sydney Uni                 

Alicia POTO                            Sydney Uni                             

Emma RANDALL                     Mercede Alghero, Italy

Samantha RICHARDS              Dandenong

Jenni SCREEN                          Parma, Italy

Deanna SMITH                        Russia

Belinda SNELL                         La Spezia, Italy

Laura SUMMERTON               Taranto, Italy

Penny TAYLOR                        Familia Schio, Italy

Jenny WHITTLE                       Mizo Pecs, Hungary

Carly WILSON                         Perth