Opals departing for New Zealand

Opals departing for New Zealand

The Australian Defence Force Opals players and coaches will be available to media between 8:00am and 8:20am tomorrow morning at the Air New Zealand check-in counter at Sydney International Airport. The Opals will depart Sydney on flight NZ782 at 9:50am

The Australian Defence Force Opals players and coaches will be available to media between 8:00am and 8:20am tomorrow morning at the Air New Zealand check-in counter at Sydney International Airport.

The Opals will depart Sydney on flight NZ782 at 9:50am bound for Dunedin, where they will contest the 2007 FIBA Oceania Women’s Championship against New Zealand and Fiji – two nations vying for the Oceania Zone berth to Beijing.

Reigning World Champions Australia have already qualified for Beijing, so if the Opals win the Championship the runner up will get the berth.

“As World Champions we expect to return with three victories,” Australian Defence Force Opals head coach Jan Stirling said.

“With no disrespect to New Zealand, if we go about our task with absolute professionalism the result will take care of itself.

“The Championship also provides us with the opportunity to challenge some of our younger representatives, like Sapphires [U21] players Kathleen Macleod, Renae Camino and Abby Bishop, and Gems [U19] player Marianna Tolo.”

The 2007 Australian Defence Force Opals team for the FIBA Oceania Championship:

Abby BISHOP                           Forward           Canberra Capitals

Michelle BROGAN                  Forward           Dandenong Rangers

Renae CAMINO                       Guard              Adelaide Lightning

Rohanee COX                          Forward           Townsville Fire
Kathleen MACLEOD                Guard              Bendigo Spirit

Emily McINERNY                     Forward           Dandenong Rangers

Natalie PORTER                      Forward/C       Sydney Uni Flames

Alicia POTO                             Guard              Sydney Uni Flames

Emma RANDALL                     Forward/C       Bulleen Boomers

Samantha RICHARDS              Guard              Perth Lynx
Marianna TOLO                      Centre             AIS

Carly WILSON                         Guard/F           Perth Lynx

Touring staff:Jan STIRLING               Head CoachGary FOX                     Assistant CoachJennifer BLACK            PhysiotherapistScott BURNE                DoctorDiana GLAZER             Massage TherapistLuke GALLAGHER        TechnicianMarian STEWART        Team ManagerTournament schedule:All times localSep 26 @ 7:30pm        AUS v NZ         Edgar Centre, DunedinSep 27 @7:30pm        AUS v FIJI         Edgar Centre, DunedinSep 28 @7:30pm        NZ v FIJI           Edgar Centre, DunedinSep 29 @7:30pm        Final (1 v 2)     Edgar Centre, Dunedin