After an extensive lead-in program that started back in September last year at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Under 17 Championships, the Under 17 Women’s team has been reduced to a final 12 to take on the world’s best.
The final make-up of the team was confirmed following a training camp at the Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Canberra earlier this month, where 17 players battled for the opportunity to represent their country on the international stage.
Under the guidance of Townsville Fire WNBL Head Coach Chris Lucas, the team will embark on a pre-World Championship tour of Europe, departing on June 19 before heading to the Czech Republic in anticipation of their opening fixture against Japan at 9:30pm AEST on Saturday 28 June.
The Australians will face Mexico and Slovakia in their group stage games at the tournament, hoping to push their way into the knockout phase and strive for a podium finish.
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The team has a strong Victorian presence, with Chloe Bibby joined by Georgia Pineau, Maddison Rocci, Anneli Maley and Alexandra Sharp. New South Wales have duo Jasmine Forcadilla and Tahlia Tupaea, while South Australia have the pair of Taylor Ortlepp and Morgan Yaeger.
Queensland’s Bride Kennedy-Hopoate and Bridget O’Brien along with Western Australian Madeleine Dennis rounding out a team full of talent and athleticism.
For the latest news, results and info from the 2014 FIBA Under 17 World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic be sure to visit the Basketball Australia website at www.basketball.net.au.
Jayco Australian Under 17 Women’s Team – 2014 FIBA Under 17 World Championship for Women
CHLOE BIBBY (VICC)
MADELEINE DENNIS (WAM)
JASMINE FORCADILLA (NSWC)
BRIDE KENNEDY-HOPOATE (QLDS)
ANNELI MALEY (VICM)
BRIDGET O’BRIEN (QLDS)
TAYLOR ORTLEPP (SAM)
GEORGIA PINEAU (VICM)
MADDISON ROCCI (VICM)
ALEXANDRA SHARP (VICM)
TAHLIA TUPAEA (NSWM)
MORGAN YAEGER (SAM)
Head Coach – Chris Lucas
Assistant Coaches – Simon Pritchard and Lori Chizik
Manager – Peta Sinclair
Doctor – Dr Viran De Silva
Physiotherapist – Rosie Molloy