Yearly Archives: 2008

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

Bogut soars in 2007/08 NBA FULL SEASON RECAP

After 82 regular season games, the 2007/08 NBA season is over for Australia Post Boomers and Milwaukee Bucks centre Andrew Bogut. After a 110-101 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, the Bucks ended with a miserable 26-56 win-loss record

Opals touch down in China

The Australian Defence Force Opals touched down in Beijing late last night and will train lightly today before matching up against world number 1, the United States, on Saturday. Cuba, Korea, New Zealand and China are the other nations contesting

Vale Hugh McMenamin

Basketball Australia would like to extend its sincere condolences to the family and friends of SEABL Chairman Hugh McMenamin, who passed away on Tuesday. McMenamin, 61, was a giant in basketball circles whose passion for and commitment to basketball will

Jackson rules Europe; Snell an All Star

She’s been called the Michael Jordan of the women’s game. Over the weekend she reminded us why. Australian Defence Force Opals captain Lauren Jackson was named the Most Valuable Player at the EuroLeague Women’s Final Four in the Czech Republic

WNBA: Mercury rises for Aussie Amy Lewis

Aussie Amy Lewis received a call she won’t forget in a hurry last week. Lewis (pictured right), who has just completed her senior year (fourth) at Troy University in the US, has been invited by WNBA Champions the Phoenix Mercury

BASKETBALL REFORM: Interim Board Appointed

The boards of Basketball Australia (BA) and the National Basketball League (NBL) today announced they have unanimously supported a series of key resolutions to accelerate the reform of the sport. This included the formation of an Interim Board that has

That's deadly - Unearthing the next Patrick Mills

Basketball Australia (BA) with the support of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is proud to announce the continuation of the highly successful Finding Deadly Basketballers - a talent identification and development program for Indigenous athletes. The Finding Deadly Basketballers program

Andersen, CSKA into Euroleague final 4

Australia Post Boomer David Andersen and his Russian super club CSKA Moscow have advanced to the final four of the 2008 EuroLeague competition following their dominant 81-56 win in the deciding game of their quarter final series against Greek giants

Gator rises above deafness

Deafness is no barrier to 13 year old Shane Crick, recipient of the Altona (Gator’s) Basketball Association’s 2007 Rising Star Award. Shane, who has played basketball since aged 7, was born with a severe to profound hearing loss (up to

FIBA launches new web presence

GENEVA, Switzerland – FIBA has announced the launch of, a website designed to provide fans and the media with extensive and unprecedented coverage of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women and of both Beijing 2008 Olympic

Gibson soaks up Farm life

Australia Post Boomers and Brisbane Bullets point guard Adam Gibson headed south last week to host an Australia Post Junior Boomers clinic at his old school, Hagley Farm Primary in Tasmania. After a wake-up call from popular breakfast radio station