VICTORIANS in the green-and-gold… just seems right doesn’t it?
There is no finer feeling than seeing our best take a well-deserved step up to the national colours and unite with the rest of Australia’s finest as we aim for international glory.
The best and brightest have been called upon to unite for the Opals as Sandy Brondello’s squad includes the likes of Liz Cambage, Jenna O’Hea, Belinda Snell, Steph Blicavs and up-and-coming star Ezi Magbegor. Eight Victorians (including the naturalized Kelsey Griffin who we’re more than happy to claim as a country Victorian!) have earned a place in the roster as the Australian team loads up on Victoria’s best.
Snell knows better than most the feel of a Commonwealth Games victory, as one of only two current players to have featured in the maiden tournament in Melbourne 2006.
Nathan Sobey and Daniel Kickert will fly the flag for their home state as the Boomers look to add a second Commonwealth Games gold medal to the trophy cabinet.
Mitch Creek was a late withdrawal from the Boomers’ squad, having made the tough decision to pursue a professional opportunity in Germany following his exceptional efforts in the NBL Grand Final Series for the Adelaide 36ers.
Best of luck to everyone donning the Australian jersey this fortnight; we couldn’t be more thrilled to see you earn your colours and represent your country.
Some of the matches are set to be televised on Channel 7, 7HD, 7Two or 7Mate, so make sure you check your TV Guide for more information.
AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH GAMES BASKETBALL FIXTURES
6 April – Australia women v Mozambique, 9pm
8 April – Australia women v Canada, 6.30pm
9 April – Australia women v England, 5.30pm
13 April – Women’s Semi-Finals
14 April – Women’s Bronze and Gold Medal Games
6 April – Australia men v Canada, 5.30pm
7 April – Australia men v New Zealand, 9pm
9 April – Australia men v Nigeria, 9pm
14 April – Men’s Semi-Finals
15 April – Men’s Bronze and Gold Medal Games