Monthly Archives: April 2008

LJ's postcard from Russia: 7:30 Report on ABC

Are you missing Lauren Jackson? Today's your lucky day. Last night Scott Bevan filed a terrific story with the ABC's 7:30 Report about the Australian Defence Force Opals captain.

Mills, Jackson named Pacific School Games ambassadors

The 2008 Pacific School Games (PSG) proudly announced on Monday the induction of Australia Post Boomers point guard Patrick Mills and World Champion Australian Defence Force Opal Lauren Jackson to the 2008 PSG Ambassadors Program. The PSG Ambassadors Program currently

U20 and Ivor Burge Nationals update Days 4-6

U20 and Ivor Burge Nationals update Days 4-6 Day 6 wrap By Arlyn Harris Game 66: Ivor Burge Women, NSWM (Team 1) v VICC (Team 4) Victoria Country’s Joanne Williams opened the scoring after nailing a mid-range jumper.  Along with

QLD: Boost to junior numbers

QLD: Boost to junior numbers GOLD Coast franchise spokesman Dave Claxton hopes the reintroduction of a National Basketball League team in the region will help junior numbers soar. Claxton believes the return of elite role models on the Coast, missing

Goorjian reacts to draw

Australia Post Boomers coach Brian Goorjian believes Australia is in the tougher pool of the Olympic basketball tournament, despite avoiding the United States and world champions Spain. Australia's task to progress beyond the pool round in Beijing means producing in

Boomers blow: Mackinnon and Smith out

The Australia Post Boomers will be without two stars at the Olympic basketball tournament because Sam Mackinnon has blood clots on his lungs and Boomers teammate Jason Smith needs shoulder surgery, writes the Australian Associated Press. The two blows sent

Pay attention! FIBA changes rules

GENEVA (FIBA) – The FIBA Central Board, the highest executive body of the International Basketball Federation, met yesterday, Friday 25th April, and has continued its session today, Saturday 26th April, in Beijing, China. The meeting has been organized in cooperation

China takes Gold over USA

Host China held off USA to win the final of the "Good Luck Beijing" test event on Saturday night, 84-81. Miao Lijie poured in a game-high of 26 points, including two 3-pointers, while Chen Nan contributed 15 and Chen Xiaoxu added 12


FIBA, in cooperation with the Chinese Basketball Association, last night hosted in Beijing the draws for the 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournaments that will be played from 9th to 24th August 2008. The draws took place in the Olympic basketball venue,

Gliders use Opal inspiration to defeat China and New player diary

Australia came out firing this morning despite a late evening out in Beijing to watch the Opals play New Zealand in the 'Good Luck Beijing' Test Event at the Olympic stadium.  This outing, to the stadium they hope to be playing at late in

Tall Ferns shock Opals on ANZAC Day

As New Zealanders began to stir for ANZAC Day dawn services and most Australians, a few hours behind on the clock, still slept, the Tall Ferns created history this morning by defeating the Australian Defence Force Opals [media guide] at the

Opals take bronze with victory over Cuba

The Australian women’s basketball team [media guide] has secured third place and a bronze medal at the ‘Good Luck Beijing 2008’ test event [official site] in China this afternoon with a four point victory over Cuba, 65-61. [Box score] The Australian Defence

Deadly camp hits the mark

As the 2008 ‘National Deadly Camp’ finished at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra last week, there were smiles all round. The camp forms an important part of the Finding Deadly Basketballers program – a talent identification and development

Stirling says Beijing venues rock

Australian women’s basketball head coach, Jan Stirling, has given Beijing the thumbs up after experiencing the Olympic city first hand during a test event. The ‘Australian Defence Force’ Opals are currently in China contesting the ‘Good Luck Beijing’ tournament against

Opals K-O Korea

The Australian women’s basketball team established an early lead and outlasted a spirited Korean side at the ‘Good Luck Beijing’ test event [official site] in China on Wednesday night, 78-71. [Box score] Entering the second half of the tournament, the Australian

Opals out-muscled by Cuba

After defeating the United States on Saturday, the Australian women’s basketball team has dropped its second game in two days at the ‘Good Luck Beijing’ test event  in China [official site], falling to Cuba by eight points, 60-52. [Box Score] Missing

Opals fall to China

Led by former Opals head coach Tom Maher with Opals legend Michele Timms as his assistant, China upset Australia at the ‘Good Luck Beijing’ test event [official site] overnight. Australia [media guide] stunned the United States by fourteen points on

Opals outclass USA

The Australian Defence Force Opals have upset the United States at the ‘Good Luck Beijing 2008’ tournament in Beijing, downing the world’s number 1 ranked team by fourteen points, 74-60.[BOX SCORE] Both teams were missing key players, so the win speaks