Brazil 2006
The Cities
Brazilian History
All Time Medallists
Schedule and Results
News Archive
System of Play
Photo Gallery
Fiba Ranking for Women's National Teams

9/23/2006 - Australia x Russia 9/23/2006 - Australia x Russia
9/23/2006 - Australia x Russia 9/23/2006 - Australia x Russia
9/23/2006 - Brazil x USA 9/23/2006 - Brazil x USA
9/23/2006 - Brazil x USA 9/23/2006 - Brazil x USA
9/22/2006 - Czech Republic x Spain 9/22/2006 - Czech Republic x Spain
São Paulo
12 June 2006
Opals camp kicks off FIBA World Champs campaign

Geelong/Australia - The Australian Opals will begin their FIBA World Championship for Women campaign with a four-day training camp in Geelong from this Sunday. 16 Opals hopefuls will slug it out at The Geelong Arena over seven sessions that includes physical testing and scrimmages against the Australian U21 women's team, the Sapphires and the U18 Geelong men's team.

The squad is missing all current WNBA players, but includes Kristi Harrower (pictured), who joins the team for the first time since the Athens Olympics in September 2004. Harrower has forgone a season in the WNBA to train with the Opals in the lead up to the all-important World Championships in Brazil this September.

The Opals have won bronze medals at the past two World Championships (Germany 1998 and China 2002) and they are out to prove they can win gold at this level in 2006. The Opals defeated the world's best team, the USA, in Canberra in April this year and will need a repeat performance if they want to add another gold medal to their collection after winning the Commonwealth Games in March this year.

Opals training camp attendees:
Rohanee Cox (Townsville Fire), Desiree Glaubitz (Bulleen Melbourne Boomers), Hollie Grima (Bulleen Melbourne Boomers), Jacinta Hamilton (Dandenong Rangers), Kristi Harrower (Valenciennes, France), Katrina Hibbert (Bulleen Melbourne Boomers), Emily McInerny (Dandenong Rangers), Alicia Poto (Sydney Uni Flames), Emma Randall (Dandenong Rangers), Jenni Screen (Adelaide Lightning), Deanna Smith (Perth Lynx), Jenny Whittle (Canberra Capitals), Kristen Veal (Sydney Uni Flames), Carly Wilson (Dandenong Rangers), Renae Camino (Townsville Fire), Kath Macleod (Dandenong Rangers).

Geelong training camp schedule:

11 June (Sunday)
2.00pm-5.30pm, Physical Testing, Training and Recovery (closed session)

12 June (Monday)
8.30-11.30am Training
3.30-5.00pm, Scrimmage vs Sapphires

13 June (Tuesday)
8.00-11.00am Training
2.00pm-3.30pm, Scrimmage vs Sapphires

14 June (Wednesday)
8.15am-10.45am Training
2.00pm-3.30pm, Scrimmage vs U18 boys

Basketball Australia
     Print Version