Taking on the 15th ranked Argentinians, Serbia (ranked eight) and China (10th), the fourth-ranked Opals will play six games across eight days while it will also be the first time they meet Serbia since being eliminated by them at the 2016 Rio Olympic Quarter-Final.
With several Australians currently competing in the WNBA, this tournament will provide members of the squad a chance to compete against international competition and impress the coaching staff before the World Cup team is selected in late August.
Eight members of the Opals side that won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games have returned to represent the green and gold including Rio Olympians Katie-Rae Ebzery and Tessa Lavey as well as debutantes from the Commonwealth Games, Nicole Seekamp and Ezi Magbegor.
Lauren Mansfield also returns from a season in Europe after she won the silver medal at the FIBA Asia Cup last year while Tess Madgen has made her way back into the Opals team after recovering from an ACL injury.
In addition, Darcee Garbin (two-time WNBL Champion and 2017 World University Games gold medalist) and Tahlia Tupaea (2017 WNBL Champion and two-time FIBA Under-19 World Cup bronze medalist) will make their Opals debuts at this tournament which will be led by coaches Cheryl Chambers and Paul Goriss.
Following this tournament, the Opals will return to Australia where a camp will be held at the Centre of Excellence in August before a team is selected to compete in the FIBA Women’s World Cup to be held in Tenerife, Spain from September 22-30.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the tournament as well as live-streaming and stats information.
The Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals Team for the Four-Nation Tournament in China:
|Stephanie Blicavs||MAC Adelaide Lightning (WNBL) / Kilsyth Cobras (SEABL)|
|Katie-Rae Ebzery||Free Agent|
|Darcee Garbin||JCU Townsville Fire (WNBL) / Townsville Flames (QBL)|
|Kelsey Griffin||University of Canberra Capitals (WNBL)|
|Alice Kunek||Eltham Wildcats (Big V)|
|Tessa Lavey||Jayco Dandenong Rangers (WNBL) / Dandenong Rangers (SEABL)|
|Tess Madgen||JCU Townsville Fire (WNBL) / Dandenong Rangers (SEABL)|
|Ezi Magbegor||Deakin Melbourne Boomers (WNBL) / Diamond Valley Eagles (SEABL)|
|Lauren Mansfield||Perth Lynx (WNBL) / Launceston Tornadoes (SEABL)|
|Jenna O’Hea||Deakin Melbourne Boomers (WNBL)|
|Nicole Seekamp||MAC Adelaide Lightning (WNBL) / South West Metro Pirates (QBL)|
|Tahlia Tupaea||Brydens Sydney Uni Flames (WNBL) / Sydney Uni Sparks (SEABL)|
The Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals Four-Nation Tournament Schedule (all times AEST):
July 14: Australia vs. Argentina at 6pm
July 15: Australia vs. Serbia at 6pm
July 16: Australia vs. China at 9.30pm | Livestream: bit.ly/2uDcbYX
July 19: Australia vs. Argentina at 6pm
July 20: Australia vs. Serbia at 9.30pm
July 21: Australia vs. China at 6pm