Gems team named for France tour, games v Chinese Taipei

Gems team named for France tour, games v Chinese Taipei

Following a recent training camp in Newcastle, Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the 12 athletes selected to represent the Australian U19 women’s team, the Gems, on a tour of France in June and games against the touring Chinese Taipei

Following a recent training camp in Newcastle, Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the 12 athletes selected to represent the Australian U19 women’s team, the Gems, on a tour of France in June and games against the touring Chinese Taipei senior team in Canberra on May 19 and 20.

The team will be headlined by prized Dandenong Rangers recruit Katie-Rae Ebzery, a recent AIS graduate, while ten of the remaining 11 players named are currently on scholarship at the Institute.

Gretel Tippett from South Queensland and Ebzery are the only players not at the AIS in the team.

Current AIS scholarship holder Caitlin Rowe will replace Tippett for the games against Chinese Taipei.

Head coach Dean Kinsman will be assisted by Rangers head coach Dale Waters.

The tour to France is a step in preparing the group for the 2009 U19 world championship.

Ebzery and guard Kate Gaze have already experienced the rigours of a world championship campaign as they were part of the 2007 team which finished fifth with a 7-and-2 win loss record.

From the 2007 team, only two players remain – Ebzery and Gaze - with the likes of Cayla Francis, Abby Bishop, Marianna Tolo and Nicole Hunt moving to more senior teams.

The Gems games against Chinese Taipei will be played at the AIS Training Hall with Monday’s (19th) game tipping-off at 7pm and Tuesday’s game commencing at 11:30am.

Both games are open to the public.

Gems team for games against Chinese Taipei:
(Name, State, Club)

Stephanie Cumming, VIC Metro, AIS
Katie Rae Ebzery, NSW Country, Dandenong
Bree Farley, SA Country, AIS
Kate Gaze, NSW Metro, AIS
Kerryn Harrington, VIC Country, AIS
Kelsey Ireland, SA Country, AIS
Rachel Jarry, VIC Metro, AIS
Alice Kunek, VIC Metro, AIS
Tess Madgen, SA Country, AIS
Rosie Moult, VIC Metro, AIS
Kate Oliver, NSWA Metro, AIS
Caitlin Rowe, ACT, AIS

Head Coach: Dean Kinsman
Assistant Coach: Dale Waters
Network Coach: Sandy Tomley
Manager: Catherine Foreman
Physiotherapist: Ebonie Scase

Gems France tour team:
(Name, State, Club)

Stephanie Cumming, VIC Metro, AIS
Katie Rae Ebzery, NSW Country, Dandenong
Bree Farley, SA Country, AIS
Kate Gaze, NSW Metro, AIS
Kerryn Harrington, VIC Country, AIS
Kelsey Ireland, SA Country, AIS
Rachel Jarry, VIC Metro, AIS
Alice Kunek, VIC Metro, AIS
Tess Madgen, SA Country, AIS
Rosie Moult, VIC Metro, AIS
Kate Oliver, NSWA Metro, AIS
Gretel Tippett, QLD South

Head Coach: Dean Kinsman
Assistant Coach: Dale Waters
Network Coach: Sandy Tomley
Manager: Catherine Foreman
Physiotherapist: Ebonie Scase