Emus chase gold at U19 Men’s World Champs

Emus chase gold at U19 Men’s World Champs

The Australian U19 Men’s Basketball Team, The Emus, are in Latvia ahead of tonight’s tip-off of the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship of Basketball.

The Emus will take to the floor later tonight (1am tomorrow morning AEST) in their first match of the tournament against South American juggernaut Argentina, before facing Latvia on Friday (3am Saturday AEST) and then Chinese Taipei on Saturday night  (11pm AEST), before the crossover matches begin.

Headlining the team is NBL rising star Mitch Creek from the Adelaide 36ers, as well as fellow young gun Hugh Greenwood, who was a member of the 2010 Boomers squad that prepared for the FIBA Men’s World Championship.    

Although a reasonably favourable draw, with The Emus avoiding potential match-ups with some other powerhouse nations like the United States, Lithuania, Canada, Serbia and Croatia until later in the tournament, head coach Damien Cotter isn’t taking anything for granted.

"The Latvians will be good; it'll be on their home court and it'll be a great challenge for our kids," said Cotter. "The Argentinians are always tough and having been involved in games against the Argentinians before, our team can expect a very physical affair."

Success in the preliminary rounds will see The Emus face the best three teams from the very tough Group A, made up of Brazil, Poland, Russia and Tunisia.  

Current gold medallists in this age group, the USA, have been drawn in Group D, which assures that a meeting with the perennial powerhouse of world basketball will not occur until deep in the Championship.

“We have to play together for us to be successful and that means taking care of the little things such as blocking out and making the extra pass,” said Cotter. “We have a chance to have a good tournament if we stick together and play smart.”

“Everybody understands that there is a need to step up and is looking forward to the first game against Argentina,” he said.

Previous members of The Emus team include Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and David Andersen.

    

EMUS AUSTRALIAN U19 MEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL TEAM

Name / Position / Height / D.O.B.

Jackson ALDRIDGE / Guard / 184cm / 14.5.1992

Mitch CREEK / Guard/Forward / 198cm / 27.4.1992

Anthony DRMIC / Guard/Forward / 196cm / 25.2.1992

Andrija DUMOVIC / Centre / 207cm / 18.4.1993

Hugh GREENWOOD / Guard / 190cm / 6.3.1992

Igor HADZIOMEROVIC / Guard / 195cm / 1.1.1992

Jackson HUSSEY / Guard / 188cm / 24.1.1992

Mitchell MCCARRON / Guard / 190cm / 30.6.1992

Will SINCLAIR / Centre / 206cm / 20.9.1992

Lewis THOMAS / Forward / 202cm / 15.2.1992

Daniel TRIST / Centre / 204cm / 29.8.1992

Owen ODIGIE / Forward / 196cm / 18.1.1993

 

Emus Staff

Head Coach: Damian Cotter

Assistant Coach: Paul Gorriss

Technical Assistant: Markus Klusemann

Manager: Bob McGugan

Doctor: Dr Graham Lee

Physiotherapist: Peter Suffolk