COUNTDOWN FIRST EPISODE: Sporn praises Batkovic

COUNTDOWN FIRST EPISODE: Sporn praises Batkovic

Australian basketball legend Rachael Sporn believes Suzy Batkovic can be the clutch player the Jayco Opals can turn to as they plan for life without injured star Penny Taylor, she revealed in an interview for Countdown. Sporn, a three-time Olympian

Australian basketball legend Rachael Sporn believes Suzy Batkovic can be the clutch player the Jayco Opals can turn to as they plan for life without injured star Penny Taylor, she revealed in an interview for Countdown.

Sporn, a three-time Olympian and veteran of more than 300 games in the green and gold, praised Batkovic in the first episode of Countdown, the show tracking the Australian Boomers and Jayco Australian Opals journey to London.

The 2012 WNBL MVP in her first season with the Adelaide Lightning, Batkovic carried this impressive league form into the most recent Jayco Opals camp, catching the eye of Head Coach Carrie Graf and Sporn.

“With her form, she’s just had a great training camp, Carrie Graf has talked her up and as we know she won the MVP for the WNBL,” Sporn said.

“I think she has all the moves.

“She’s very unorthodox so I think she would be likely to be fouled on her way to the basket.”

Speaking via Skype with in-studio guest Andrew Gaze and Countdown host Darren Boyd, Sporn’s opinion was met with some surprise by the Boomers legend.

Gaze, a five-time Olympian and Australian flag bearer in Sydney, provided great insight into the road ahead for the Boomers and Jayco Opals, highlighting the challenges facing our teams heading towards London.

To view the first episode of Countdown visit the Basketball Australia website at: www.youtube.com/basketballaust

A critical part of the preparation for London will be The Farewell Series, which will see the Boomers and Jayco Opals take on Greece and Brazil respectively in a three-match series, tipping off with a double-header at Hisense Arena on Sunday June 24.

Tickets for The Farewell Series: Basketball’s Road to London are now on sale for all games with adults starting from just $25 and children/concession from $15.

For more information on The Farewell Series visit: www.thefarewellseries.com.au.