SIX Victorians – Isobel Anstey, Chelsea D’Angelo, Agnes Emma-Nnopu, Gemma Potter, Lily Scanlon and Jaz Shelley – are set to represent Australia at next month’s Under-19 World Cup.
Held this year in Bangkok, Thailand, half of the Gems’ line-up will have worn the Victorian or Victoria Metropolitan jersey in 2019 with our superstars set to aim for gold this July. Anstey, D’Angelo, Emma-Nnopu, Shelley and Scanlon won gold for Victoria at the 2019 Australian Under-20 Junior Championships in Canberra while Potter was part of the Victoria Metropolitan Under-18 Women’s successful nationals campaign in Townsville.
Jaz Shelley, from Southern Peninsula, will return for her second run at the Under-19 World Cup. She averaged 10.6 points and 3.6 assists in 2017 edition as Australia finished 6th in Italy. She is one of only two players to return to the Gems squad and will play a pivotal leadership role.
Chelsea D’Angelo, from Traralgon and Kilsyth, joins the Under-19 squad with incredible form under her belt. She blitzed the competition when she represented last Australian representation, averaging 16 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 steals at the 2017 Under-17 Oceania Championship.
The squad also sees four Victorians moving up from last year’s Under-17 World Cup squad that earned a bronze medal in Minsk, Belarus. Agnes Emma-Nnopu (Bellarine Storm/BA COE), Gemma Potter (Bulleen/COE), Lily Scanlon (Bullen/COE) and Isobel Anstey (Dandenong) have all made the jump to the Under-19 team and will look to made an immediate impact.
The girls are set to prepare for the tournament with a tournament in France before their FIBA Under-19 World Cup commences on 20 July.
Australian Gems 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup squad
|Isabelle Bourne||Australian Capital Territory|
|Ashlee Hannan||Australian Capital Territory|
|Shyla Heal||New South Wales|
|Samantha Simons||South Australia|
|Dee Butler||Head Coach|
|Dr. Maja Markovic||Doctor|
|Donna Turner||Team Manager|
|Peter Lonergan||Head of Delegation|
The Australian Gems 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup schedule (all times AEST):
July 20: Gems vs. USA at 3.15pm
July 21: Gems vs. Hungary at 3.15pm
July 23: Gems vs. Korea at 3.00pm
July 24: Round of 16
July 26: Quarter-Finals
July 27: Semi-Finals
July 28: Medal Games