200 games for hometown star Harrower

200 games for hometown star Harrower

Kristi Harrower will play her 200th game for the Jayco Opals tonight before her hometown crowd in Bendigo.

When the Jayco Opals Australian women’s national basketball team take the floor in Bendigo tonight for Game Two of their Farewell Series against Brazil, veteran star Kristi Harrower will celebrate her 200th appearance in Australian colours before her home crowd.

In reaching that milestone, Harrower will become just the tenth Jayco Opals star ever to make 200 career senior international appearances for Australia.  She will join Robyn Maher (374 games), Rachael Sporn (304), Sandy Brondello (302), Michele Timms (264), Jenny Whittle (262), Shelley Sandie (258), Karen Dalton (252) Allison Tranquilli (239) and Trish Fallon (212) as the only other players ever to have joined the elite 200-game club.

Harrower played her first senior game with the Jayco Opals back in 1993 against China.  Since then she has appeared in four FIBA World Championships, including winning a world championship gold medal with the Jayco Opals in 2006.

When she was named to the Australian team for London last Friday, Harrower secured a berth in what will be her fourth Olympic Games.  The feisty point guard made her Olympic debut in Sydney 2000 and hasn’t missed a Games since.

It is fitting that Harrower will mark such a significant milestone in her career in Bendigo, as she was born in that town back in 1975 and has been a superstar in the Women’s National Basketball League for her local side, the Bendigo Spirit.

Harrower will be looking to power the Jayco Opals to a series win over Brazil tonight in her hometown, after Australia recorded a hard-fought 85-64 victory in Game One at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on Sunday night before a massive crowd of over 9,000.

Tonight’s Game Two in Bendigo has been a total sell-out for some time, so a capacity crowd will be on hand to cheer on their local hero and the Jayco Opals as they look to take an unbeatable 2-0 series lead.

As well as seeing Harrower in action, the lucky Bendigo fans who have already secured their tickets to tonight’s sell-out are also expected to be able to watch Jayco Opals superstar Lauren Jackson in action.  Jackson was forced to miss Game One of The Farewell Series due to hamstring tightness but is expected to suit up tonight. 

Jennifer Screen, who was involved in a heavy collision in Game One, is expected to be rested however due to general soreness.

The Jayco Opals final game of The Farewell Series will be held this Thursday at the new State Basketball Centre in Melbourne’s Wantirna South. Limited tickets are still available for that match, which will be the last chance for Australian fans to see the Jayco Opals in action on home soil before they depart for Europe ahead of London.
For tickets to Game Three visit: www.thefarewellseries.com.au.

The Farewell Series (Women) – Upcoming Schedule

Bendigo Basketball Stadium
Tuesday June 26
Jayco Opals v Brazil – Tip Off 7:00PM
Tickets SOLD OUT
TV: ABC1 11:45PM (same day delay)
On-line: ABC Grandstand Streaming LIVE at http://www.abc.net.au/news/sport/programs/opals-v-brazil/

State Basketball Centre, Knox
Thursday June 28
Jayco Opals v Brazil – Tip Off 7:00PM
Tickets available now through Foxtix
Phone: 1300 111 369
Website: www.foxtix.com.au
TV: ABC1 11:35PM (same day delay)
On-line: ABC Grandstand Streaming LIVE at http://www.abc.net.au/news/sport/programs/opals-v-brazil/