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Gems return home: Italian tour recap

Player Diary By Emma LANGFORD March 16 What a great day it has been! First we had the opportunity to see and experience the culture and unique sights of Venezia. After an early start and an hour and half drive

Mackinnon wins Gaze Medal

Mackinnon wins Gaze Medal Basketball Australia is pleased to announce that Australia Post Boomer Sam Mackinnon has been awarded the 2006 Gaze Medal for International Player of the Year. The award caps off an unprecedented year for the Brisbane-based forward,

ASC supports golden Opals

Sixteen Australian sports preparing for the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics will share in an extra $2.9 million in financial support from the Australian Government, the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator George Brandis announced today. Senator Brandis said the

Sapphires camp update

Sapphires camp update Australia’s Under 21 Women’s team, the Sapphires, began their preparation for the 2007 FIBA World Championships for Under 21 Women in Moscow in July with an intense training camp at the Dandenong Basketball stadium in Melbourne over

Boomers squad announced

Basketball Australia is proud to announce a 17-man Australia Post Boomers squad, whose players will vie for a place on the national team to compete at the 2007 FIBA Oceania Qualifying Series in August. The Boomers have to defeat the

World Uni Games coaches named

World Uni Games coaches named Basketball Australia is pleased to announce that its submissions for coaches for the 2007 World University Games teams have been approved by the Australian University Sports Association. Former NBL head coach Bruce Palmer (pictured right)

Sapphire leads ORU to dance

Australian Sapphire (women’s Under 21 national team) Rachel Watman scored a game high 18 points to lead Oral Roberts University to a 72-55 victory over Oakland University in the Mid-Continent Conference final last week, earning her team an automatic berth

Gliders girls go back-to-back

Two members of Australia’s Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team, the Gliders, have won back-to-back national wheelchair championships with the University of Illinois in the United States collegiate competition. Victorian born duo Shelley Chaplin and Kathleen O'Kelly-Kennedy, both on sporting scholarships with

LJ makes half century

World champion defencejobs Opal Lauren Jackson scored a league record and career high 56 points in the Women’s Korean Basketball League (WKBL) yesterday. The 6 foot 5 Australian Captain also pulled in an intimidating 17 rebounds in Samsung Bichumi’s 96-76

Bogut leads Laker rout

Yes, Milwaukee Bucks centre Andrew Bogut said without hesitation. He did want to bounce back strong, writes Tom Enlund of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bogut laid a goose egg in the points column in Milwaukee's blowout loss in Orlando on

Radford joins, membership up

Mark Radford has been appointed Community Basketball Development Officer for Basketball Tasmania, just days after the announcement that BT membership jumped a massive 13.9 per cent in the last calendar year. A two-time South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) Coach

Boomers and Opals assistant coaches announced

Basketball Australia is pleased to announce Brendan Joyce and Gordon McLeod as assistant coaches to Brian Goorjian for the Australia Post Boomers’ 2007 campaign. Joyce won a Gold Medal as assistant coach of the Australia Post Boomers Commonwealth Games team

Opals: Screen honoured

Opals: Screen honoured When you’re standing on the top step of a dais at a world championship, you might be forgiven for thinking there’s nowhere left to go but down. But for Novocastrian Jenni Screen, the dish of life keeps

Mackinnon named NBL MVP

Mackinnon named NBL MVP Australia Post Boomer Sam Mackinnon has capped off a stunning year as captain of the Brisbane Bullets by winning the National Basketball League’s (NBL) Philips Most Valuable Player award, the Andrew Gaze Trophy, for the 2006/07

Three Aussie refs reach top

Three Aussie refs reach top FIBA, the governing body of world basketball, has announced its selection of officials for junior world championship competition in 2007 - and three Australians have made the grade. Victoria’s Raoul Kirsten, Sydney-based Brad Giersch and

Worlds could be in Oz

Worlds could be in Oz Last September in Brazil, the defencejobs Opals became the world champions of women’s basketball. Next time they might not have to travel so far. Australia is one of four nations interested in hosting the 2010

Gems depart for Italy

The Australian Under 19 women’s basketball team, the Gems, will depart Sydney this afternoon for a two week tour of Italy where they will play against the premier teams of Italy’s domestic basketball league for women, Serie A. The tour

Gems world championship draw released

Gems world championship draw released FIBA, in cooperation with the Slovak Basketball Association, hosted today in Bratislava the draw for the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women. The 7th FIBA U19 World Championship for Women will be played from

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