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03 May 2006
Price Attack Opals squad re-stacked for FIBA World Champs

Melbourne/Australia - The Australian women’s basketball team, the Price Attack Opals, have re-stacked their squad ahead of the 2006 FIBA World Championships for Women in Brazil this September. The Commonwealth Games gold medallists have added international players, Penny Taylor (pictured), Suzy Batkovic and Kristi Harrower to the mix, and Olympians Alicia Poto and Natalie Porter have rejoined the squad after overcoming injuries. Along with stars from the Price Attack WNBL, the Opals squad now stands at 28 ahead of the team’s first four-day training camp in Geelong on June 11.

— This is a high quality squad that will be a real force at the World Championships in September. We will be missing a few bodies at the first camp in Geelong, but it will give the coaching staff the chance to get a really good look at those who are there — Price Attack Opals head coach Jan Stirling said.

A team of 12 will be chosen after the first camp in June to tour China from June 28 to July 6. Players with commitments to the WNBA will be unavailable for the June camp and the tour to China, giving head coach Jan Stirling a good opportunity to run the athletes who will be fighting for positions in the World Championship team.

— The calibre of competition at the tournament in China is top class. It will provide a great opportunity for all players to show their capabilities in the international arena — Stirling said.

The team will travel to the Czech Republic in late August before heading to North Carolina to take on the USA in their final preparation match before heading to Sao Paulo, Brazil for the FIBA World Championship tip off on September 12 against Lithuania. The Price Attack Opals have won bronze medals at the last two FIBA World Championships (China 2002 and Germany 1998). They have also won two silver medals and a bronze medal at the Olympic level and are currently ranked third in the world (1st – USA, 2nd – Russia).

2006 Price Attack Opals squad:
Suzy Batkovic (UMMC Ekaterinburg, Russia)
Tully Bevilaqua (Canberra Capitals)
Renae Camino (Townsville Fire)
Rohanee Cox (Townsville Fire)
Jae Cross (San Antonio Silver Stars, USA)
Desiree Glaubitz (Bulleen Melbourne Boomers)
Hollie Grima (Bulleen Melbourne Boomers)
Jacinta Hamilton (Dandenong Rangers)
Shelley Hammonds (Dandenong Rangers)
Kristi Harrower (Valenciennes, France)
Katrina Hibbert (Bulleen Melbourne Boomers)
Lauren Jackson (Seattle Storm, USA)
Kathleen Macleod (Dandenong Rangers)
Emily McInerny (Dandenong Rangers)
Michelle Musselwhite (Sydney Uni Flames)
Erin Phillips (Adelaide Lightning)
Natalie Porter (Sydney Uni Flames)
Alicia Poto (Sydney Uni Flames)
Emma Randall (Dandenong Rangers)
Sam Richards (Dandenong Rangers)
Jennifer Screen (Adelaide Lightning)
Deanna Smith (Perth Lynx)
Belinda Snell (Sydney Uni Flames)
Penny Taylor (Phoenix Mercury, USA)
Laura Summerton (Adelaide Lightning)
Kristen Veal (Sydney Uni Flames)
Jenny Whittle (Canberra Capitals)
Carly Wilson (Dandenong Rangers)

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