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

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

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

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

Newley bounces into Murray Bridge

Newley bounces into Murray Bridge Basketball Australia in association with Australia Post held its first ‘Whose Locker is it?’ promotional clinic at the Murray Bridge Show Grounds in South Australia on Sunday, with Boomers star Brad Newley shooting hoops with the

Boomer legend retires

Boomer legend retires The National Basketball League (NBL) has lost a long-serving legend of the game with 20 year veteran and former Most Valuable Player Mark Bradtke announcing his retirement. A winner of the NBL’s MVP award in 2002, the

Development camp a success

Development camp a success Basketball Australia held a National Development Camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra last week. It was an important part of the talent identification for the 2009 Australian Emus and Gems squads, who

Jackson wins Maher Medal

Following her Commonwealth and World Championship Gold Medals, defencejobs Opals Captain Lauren Jackson has been awarded the Maher Medal as Australia’s Female International Player of the Year for 2006. Jackson, 25, has now been the recipient of the Maher Medal

Bogut watch

Your weekly update on the progress of Australia Post Boomers centre Andrew Bogut in America.  In Milwaukee’s latest eight games, the Bucks registered four wins and four losses. The fourth loss resulted in Head Coach Terry Stotts being stood down

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

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