SAPPHIRES PREPARED FOR 2017 FIBA U16 ASIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

SAPPHIRES PREPARED FOR 2017 FIBA U16 ASIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Under FIBA's new qualification process, the Australian Sapphires have arrived in India ahead of the FIBA Under-16 Asia Championships where they will be aiming to qualify for the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup.

Eight teams will compete in the tournament and the four teams that reach the Semi-Finals will then qualify for the 2018 World Cup with Australia going up against New Zealand in their opening game before they face Chinese Taipei and Korea to round out the pool stage.

Having led the Sapphires to their inaugural gold medal at the World Championships two years ago, head coach Shannon Seebohm now faces a new challenge with his team as they advance through Asia.

“It changes things a lot, Asia has really improved as a region,” he said.

“Japan have made huge strides, China were a top four team at the last Under-17 Worlds and then you throw New Zealand into that mix as well. It is going to be a great challenge to qualify and earn our spot at the World Championships.”

For the first-time ever, FIBA will stream all games of the Under-16 Women's Asia Championship LIVE via their YouTube channel and Basketball Australia will provide links once they become available.

Access the official website, including LiveStats, here.

The Australian Sapphires Schedule for the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Women’s Asia Championships (all times AEDT):

October 22: Australia vs. New Zealand at 4.30pm
October 23: Australia vs. Chinese Taipei at 6.45pm
October 24: Australia vs. Korea at 4.30pm
October 26: Quarter-Finals
October 27: Semi-Finals
October 28: Bronze and Gold Medals

The Australian Sapphires Team for the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Women’s Asia Championships:

SURNAME FIRST NAME STATE
Amoore Georgia VIC
Emma-Nnopu Agnes VIC
Fowler Alex QLD
Hannan Ashley QLD
Heal Shyla NSW
Hollingsworth Eliza VIC
Melbourne Jade VIC
Palmer Isabel NSW
Poa Last-Tear VIC
Pollerd Olivia VIC
Potter Gemma VIC
Rees Kelsey SA
STAFF
Seebohm Shannon Head Coach
Wrobel Mark Coach
Downer Melissa Coach
Ellis Madeleine Physiotherapist
De Silva Virian Team Doctor
Retford Kara Team Leader
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