WNBL young guns star on tour of Hungary

WNBL young guns star on tour of Hungary

The future for the Jayco Australian Opals and the WNBL looks bright as some of the league’s most talented youngsters continue to impress as part of the Australian Women’s Development Team’s tour of Hungary.

Headed by Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce, the tour has seen the emergence of several WNBL young guns against the highest quality Hungarian club opposition.

The Australians caused an upset, defeating top club side ZTE NKK 53-42 in Game Two of the six-game tour.

Bendigo Spirit guard Tessa Lavey led from the front, posting 11 points and 4 assists in the win, while Townsville Fire pair Alicia and Keely Froling provided brilliant support, finishing with 9 points and 5 rebounds apiece.

The win came after a narrow defeat to Eurocup team Uni Gyor to open the tour, going down 76-54 in a gallant effort from the young Australian team. Lavey was instrumental (17 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds), as were Melbourne Boomers duo Stephanie Collins and Alexandra Sharp (9 points and 6 rebounds each).

After the games against Uni Gyor and the win over ZTE NKK, Joyce praised the performance of his young squad against a battle-hardened senior outfit.

“To get results like this against the best women's club teams in Hungary was a fantastic effort by our team,” Joyce said.

“The girls have surprised me with how quickly they have adapted to the style of defence we want to play and the execution of the offensive style of play with limited preparation.”

For all the latest from the tour of Hungary be sure to visit www.basketball.net.au.