Emus depart Australia

Emus depart Australia

The Australian Under 19 men’s basketball team, the Emus, will depart Sydney this morning bound for Spain, Serbia and World Championship glory. The Emus will contest a four nation pre-World Championship tournament in Caceras, four hours south-west of Madrid, against

The Australian Under 19 men’s basketball team, the Emus, will depart Sydney this morning bound for Spain, Serbia and World Championship glory.

The Emus will contest a four nation pre-World Championship tournament in Caceras, four hours south-west of Madrid, against France, China and Spain before continuing on to Serbia.

There they will contest the 2007 FIBA World Championship for Under 19 men in Novi Sad, Serbia, from July 12 to 22 – and the young Aussies are a hot chance at medaling.

Their preliminary round games are against Turkey at 4:30am AEST on Friday July 13 Nigeria at 11:45pm AEST on Friday 13 July, and Canada at 8:30pm AEST on Saturday July 14.

The team will be led by AIS star point guard Patrick Mills and Castle Hill’s 210cm giant Andrew Ogilvy, who has already been earmarked for America’s NBA, and coached by Tasmania’s Marty Clarke.

All media will be provided opportunities at the airport to meet the team.

WHO: Australian Under 19 men’s basketball team

WHAT: Departing Australia for World Championship campaign

WHEN: Tuesday 3 July 2007 at 12:30pm

WHERE: QANTAS International Terminal

The 2007 Emus:

Ben DOWDELL            NSW    Forward           201cm
Cameron GLIDDON     WA      Guard              191cm
Chris GOULDING         QLD     Guard              190cm
Daniel JACKSON          NSW    Forward           200cm
Daniel JOHNSON         WA      Forward           208cm
Ben LOUIS                   VIC       Guard              190cm
Patrick MILLS              ACT      Guard              181cm
Andrew OGILVY          NSW    Centre             210cm
Kevin PROBERT           VIC       Guard              183cm
Shannon SEEBOHM     SA        Guard              190cm
Ben SMITH                  WA      Forward           203cm
Nate TOMLINSON       NSW    Guard              189cm

Head Coach: Martin CLARKE
Asst. Coach: Tim MALLON
Asst. Coach: Damien COTTER
Physiotherapist: Tony WARD
Doctor: Dr Graham LEE
Manager: Bob McGUGAN

The full World Championship draw can be found at http://www.serbia2007.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/07/fiba/u19men/news/lateNews/p/eventid/3955/newsid/18080/FE_news_lateNews_arti.html