GARBIN & LAVEY: FIBA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP OPALS SQUAD ANNOUNCED

GARBIN & LAVEY: FIBA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP OPALS SQUAD ANNOUNCED

With less than 300 days out until the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Basketball Australia have announced their 24 player squad. The squad will suit up for international duties starting in Serbia on 10 February with the goal of a podium finish on home soil in September 2022.

The squad includes two Frankston Blues NBL1 South 2021 players in Tessa Lavey and Darcee Garbin.

Chairman John Carey said “basketball in Australia continues to grow at a rapid pace, with more girls playing at the elite level than ever before. The future is exciting for women’s basketball, we wish Sandy and the squad all the best for their preparations.”

Coach Sandy Brondello is looking forward to getting the squad together for the short runway into September 2022.

Brondello said, “I am really excited about the talent we have in Australian Basketball and the squad that we as coaches have put together for 2022 is a great mix of experience and youth.”

“I was particularly excited by some of the performances from the younger players in the Asia Cup post the Olympics who were given a taste of international basketball and there will be opportunities for those who work hard and make the most of their opportunities throughout the upcoming WNBL competition.”

“I remember like yesterday how special it was to play in a World Cup on home soil.  We look forward to having the same support as we had in 1994 to help us get back on the podium.  Our goal over the next 300 days is to continue to grow, develop and be better as individuals and as group so we can achieve this goal.”

The squad will remain fluid and can be added to as athletes’ performances are assessed in various professional leagues over the coming months.