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Sapphires squad cut to 15

The squad for Australia’s under 21 women’s basketball team, the Sapphires, has been condensed to 15 players. The reduction was made final after a four day camp in Dandenong, Victoria, over the Easter long weekend. The athletes that did not

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Harrower eyes French title

World Champion defencejobs Opal Kristi Harrower has led her French club side Valenciennes to their seventh consecutive minor premiership. Playing in her fifth French season, the pint-sized playmaker averaged 8.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.3 steals over 25

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Jackson falls short in Korea

 She may be hailed as the best female basketball player in the world, but on this day an American called Taj McWilliams-Franklin had Lauren Jackson’s number. A WNBA All-Star and 8 year veteran of the American league, McWilliams-Franklin scored 37

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Gems double up on Japan

Yesterday’s Game 2 went into overtime. Today, the Gems weren’t taking any chances. Australia’s Under 19 women’s basketball team trounced Japan at the AIS Arena in Canberra this afternoon by 65 points, 129-64. Adelaide’s Cayla Francis led Australia with 23

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Gems roll Japan in OT

 The Australian Gems showed great composure to defeat Japan at the AIS Arena in Canberra last night, clawing back the lead on three separate occasions to record a 113-107 victory in overtime. The Gems trailed by 14 points in the

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Jackson victorious in cliffhanger

Jackson victorious in cliffhanger    Lauren Jackson has led her Women’s Korean Basketball League (WKBL) team Samsung Bichumi to victory over the Shinhan Bank S-Birds in the 4th game of the best-of-five Grand Finals Series in Seoul this afternoon, 69-68.

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Gems down Japanese tourists

 The Australian Under19 women’s basketball team, the Gems, recorded a comfortable win over the Japanese Under19 women’s national team at the AIS Arena in Canberra last night, 96-74. The Japanese are touring Australia to prepare for the 2007 FIBA World

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Ettridge to lead Rollers

Ettridge to lead Rollers Ben Ettridge, the Head Coach of the 2006 National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) Champion Perth Wheelcats, has been named as the Head Coach of the Australian Men’s Wheelchair Team, the Rollers. Ettridge replaces Murray Treseder, who

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Graf steps in for Dalton

Graf steps in for Dalton Carrie Graf has been named as the Head Coach of the Australian Women’s University Games Team which will compete at the World University Games in Thailand this August. Graf replaces Sydney University Flames Head Coach

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BA to oversee ABA

BA to oversee ABA The Australian Basketball Association (ABA) is to be integrated into the operations of Basketball Australia (BA), it was decided over the weekend. The concept was unanimously approved by the ABA Leagues at a special council meeting

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BA President John Maddock re-elected

BA President John Maddock re-elected Following a golden year in 2006, John Maddock was re-elected as President of Basketball Australia at the Annual General Meeting in Sydney on Saturday. Maddock has been President of BA since 1997 and will continue

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Basketball included in National Sports Museum

Basketball included in National Sports Museum It is with great pleasure that we advise that Basketball Australia has accepted an invitation to include basketball in the National Sports Museum as a feature sport. The modern and stylish National Sports Museum

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AIS launches 2007 basketball programs

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) officially launched its 2007 men’s and women’s basketball programs in Canberra yesterday. Approximately 50 guests, including dignitaries Assistant Director of the AIS Phil Borgeau, Acting CEO of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Brent Espeland,

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Opals shine in Italy

Opals shine in Italy WHILE Australia's premier basketballer Lauren Jackson has led her team Samsung Bichumi to the South Korean grand final, five other members of the Opals' world championship side are playing key roles in the Italian league as

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Vale Bevan Aitken

Vale Bevan Aitken It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of Bevan Aitken at 12 noon today, ending his extended battle with cancer.  Originally from Townsville but spending his last years in Sydney, Bevan began officiating in 1969

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Opal Hollie weds

2006/07 defencejobs WNBL Most Valuable Player Hollie Grima married her partner David Florence in Northcote, Victoria last week. The Bulleen Melbourne Boomers star met Florence while both were on basketball scholarships at the AIS. 120 guests, family and friends attended

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Whittle joins QABL Cyclones

Whittle joins QABL Cyclones World Champion defencejobs Opal Jenny Whittle has signed with the Rockhampton Hog’s Breath Cafe Cyclones for the 2007 Queensland Australian Basketball League (QABL) season. Whittle, 33, joins the club after spending the summer with Hungarian club

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Vale Warren Berginey

It is with great sadness that we advise that Australian Basketball Association (ABA) and Basketball Queensland (BQ) Board member Warren Berginey passed away in Melbourne on Sunday after a long illness.  Warren made an enormous contribution to our sport over

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