UNISPORT Australia has announced the teams for the Emerging Opals and Emerging Boomers ahead of the 2019 Summer Universiade to be held in Naples, Italy from July 3-14.
Also known as the World University Games, the tournament is the largest multi-sport event apart from the Olympic Games and features almost 10,000 athletes who are currently completing university studies competing across 18 disciplines.
The Emerging Opals welcome back Abigail Wehrung, Alex Sharp, Keely Froling and Lauren Scherf who will aim to defend their gold medal winning feats from two years ago in Taipei.
That success follows on from a previous gold medal in 2007 as well as bronze medals in 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Keely Froling (University of Canberra Capitals), Scherf (Brydens Sydney Uni Flames), and Wehrung (Bendigo Bank Spirit) are joined by fellow Chemist Warehouse WNBL players from 2018/19 in Lara McSpadden (Flames), Stephanie Reid (Free Agent) and Maddi Rocci (UC Capitals).
2018 FIBA World Cup silver medalist and first-round pick for the Seattle Storm in the 2019 WNBA Draft, Ezi Magbegor also adds a wealth of experience to this already talented group.
The Emerging Boomers will utilise the experience of returning players from the 2017 World University Games in Dejan Vasiljevic and Tanner Krebs while NBL players Will Magnay (Brisbane Bullets) and Alex Mudronja, who recently signed with the Adelaide 36ers, also feature.
A plethora of talented college players will don the green and gold alongside them including Duke University’s Jack White and Jock Perry who has attended St. Mary’s alongside Krebs and Mudronja.
The Emerging Boomers medaled at the 2013 World Uni Games, winning silver with a team including future Olympians Cameron Bairstow and Ryan Broekhoff.
16 teams will battle for the gold medal in the men’s and women’s competitions with the Emerging Opals drawn into Group D alongside China, Finland and Canada while the Emerging Boomers will take on Czech Republic, Israel and Mexico in Group A.
The Australians must finish in the top two from their group to advance to the finals, but classification games are played through to the last day to determine final standings.
Stay tuned for live stream and stats information via the official tournament website here.
The Emerging Opals team for the 2019 World Uni Games:
|Alicia Froling||Southern Methodist University||Psychology|
|Keely Froling||University of Canberra||Physiotherapy|
|Lara McSpadden||University of Sydney||Health and Physical Education|
|Ezi Magbegor||Deakin University||Psychology (HONS.)|
|Anneli Maley||LCI Melbourne||Graphic Design|
|Stephanie Reid||Curtin University||Primary Education|
|Maddison Rocci||Swinburne/Victoria University||Sport Development|
|Lauren Scherf||Victoria University||Sports Science|
|Alex Sharp||Wake Forest||Psychology|
|Jasmine Simmons||Oregon State University||Psychology|
|Abbey Wehrung||University of Canberra||Business|
|Shannon Seebohm||Head Coach|
|Trudy Pearce||Team Manager|
The Emerging Boomers team for the 2019 World Uni Games:
|Jonah Antonio||University of Las Vegas Nevada||Communications|
|George Blagojevic||University of Hartford||Business Management|
|Kyrin Galloway||University of North Carolina at Greensboro||Finance|
|Tanner Krebs||St. Mary’s||Marketing|
|Will Magnay||Open Universities/University of South Australia||Business|
|Alex Mudronja||St. Mary’s/Adelaide 36ers||Communications|
|Jock Perry||St. Mary’s||Environmental Science|
|Jack Purchase||University of Hawaii||Social Science|
|Dejan Vasiljevic||University of Miami||Sports Administration|
|Jack White||Duke University||Sociology|
|Kyle Zunic||Winthrop University||Sports Management|
|Rob Beveridge||Head Coach|
|Joe Tertzakian||Team Manager|
The Emerging Opals and Emerging Boomers Schedule for the 2019 World Uni Games (all times AEST):
July 3: Women vs. Finland at 10.00pm
July 5: Women vs. Canada at 2.30am
July 5: Men vs. Israel at 2.30am
July 5: Women vs. China at 7.30pm
July 5: Men vs. Mexico at 7.30pm
July 7: Men vs. Czech Republic at 5am
July 8: Women’s Quarter-Finals at 2.30am or 5am
July 8/9: Men’s Quarter-Finals at 7.30pm, 2.30am or 5am
July 9: Women’s Semi-Finals at 2.30am or 5am
July 10: Men’s Semi-Finals at 2.30am or 5am
July 11: Women’s medal games at 2.30am and 5am
July 12: Men’s medal games at 2.30am and 5am