After their win against Hungary on Sunday, the Gems looked to replicate that same success from the outset against Korea. Isobel Anstey was once again the focus of the Gem's early offence, her size and soft-touch overwhelmed Korea in the opening minutes and it looked as though the scoreboard could get ugly.
Agnes Emma-Nnopu was fierce on the boards, and her three offensive rebounds were instrumental in fueling Australia's hot start.
Australia's three-point shooting made an early appearance, with Lily Scanlon and Jazmin Shelley hitting one each.
However, turnovers became a problem for the Gems early on and Korea was able to get their offence going with some nice three-point shooting and some crafty mid-range jump shots. The opening period ended with Australia comfortably leading, 22-15.
Things quickly took a turn for the worst for the Gems in what was a tough second quarter. Korea's defence, which had allowed Australia to almost do what they wanted in the first quarter, was a totally different beast. The Koreans ratcheted the tempo up, with their backcourt putting tremendous pressure on Australia's guards. They harassed the passing lanes and limited the Gems' ability to get the ball inside to their tall scorers.
Some questionable passes from Australia did little to ease the pressure that Korea was placing them under. At the end of the first half, Australia had accumulated 18 turnovers to Korea's four.
The Gems domination of the boards was their one saving grace. Led by Anstey, Shelley and Emma-Nnopu, Australia had 34 to Korea's 12 at the half, and a 14-4 offensive rebounding advantage.
However, it wasn't enough to keep Korea at bay. Korea outscored the Gems 15-7, and went into the second half narrowly leading, 30-29.
The second half began with a refocused Australia taking back the lead early with a lovely Scanlon layup. Yet it wasn't long before turnovers again extinguished the momentum of the Gems, and Korea took the lead back moments later.
Australia began to refocus on getting the ball inside the paint to their bigs, and their hard work on the boards put huge pressure on Korea's defence. Only four minutes into the quarter and Korea was over the foul limit.
From there, the Gems showed little mercy and continued to pressure Korea's smaller interior defenders, getting to the free-throw line twelve times and making ten. Once again Alexandra Fowler took control of the game, finishing the quarter with 15 points, propelling Australia to a 52-45 lead going into the final break.
The final quarter was a formality. Although turnovers were an issue again (the team finished the game with 32), the Gems cruised to a comfortable win. Miela Goodchild (ten points), Isabelle Bourne (ten points), Anstey (12 points), and Shelley (eleven points) all joined Fowler in the double-digit points club.
The 4th annual National Coaches Conference will be held at Ballarat Grammar School October 2 and 3 and one the most successful coaches in VFL/AFL history David Parkin has been added to an impressive suite of presenters.
A member of the AFL Hall of Fame, Parkin played 211 games with distinction with Hawthorn before coaching 518 games at Hawthorn, Carlton and Fitzroy, claiming four premierships as a senior coach along the journey.
Considered one of the doyens of coaching and coach education, he has committed countless hours guiding and mentoring coaches across all sports and is a lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science at Deakin University.
Parkin will present a keynote on day two of the conference, joining another respected coaching mentor Patrick Hunt in speaking to the coaches about areas such as leadership, development and growth mindset.
In welcoming one of the legends of Australian coaching, Basketball Australia’s Peter Lonergan said it was a huge coup to have Parkin speak to the coaches at the conference.
“David Parkin is synonymous with coaching excellence and continues to be one of the great minds in how coaches learn, grow and develop their craft,” Lonergan said.
“To have David join Patrick at this year’s conference means coaches will have the opportunity to learn from two leaders who have made huge impacts on the coaching landscape across four decades.
Former NBL Championship mentor and Australian Opals head coach Brendan Joyce will also present at the 2019 event. The former Wollongong and Gold Coast NBL coach, Boomers assistant and Opals leader will present on “establishing the running game” on court.
Joyce is well known to coaches in regional Victoria, having led the Ballarat Miners to SEABL titles in the 90’s and is back at the helm of the Miners in the inaugural season of the NBL1 competition.
He led the Opals to the bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA World Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics, adding to his Olympic pedigree after being an assistant to the Boomers in 2004 and 2008.
Coaches can take advantage of the “early bird” registration discount for what will be two days of on-court presentations, keynotes, break-out groups and the chance to share information with coaches from around Australia. Presenters include Nico Loureiro (NBA Global Academy), Dave Love (NBA shooting coach), Tracy York (Bendigo Spirit WNBL) and a host of experienced coaches and development leaders.
For more information on the presenters for the 2019 Conference, click here.
Following on from April’s camp on the Gold Coast, 13 players will be put through their paces for eight days as preparations ramp up for the 2019 FIBA Asia Cup.
Brondello says time together as a squad is precious when its members play basketball all over the world.
“I’m looking forward to getting together and to keep progressing to where we need to be and continuing to build. Every little bit of time we can spend together is critical – we’ve got a big year coming up.
“For the players who weren’t with us in April it’s about getting them up to speed because it is a selection camp and we’ve got Asia Cup in September. We do have some injuries, which is unfortunate, but we’ve got a great group of girls, some WNBA players who weren’t at the Gold Coast will come and participate in a few of the days.
“We train hard but want to have fun as well. They are great girls, they work so hard and are so coachable.”
The Opals boast plenty of depth and may need to call on it during a hectic build-up to the Tokyo Olympics.
“We’ve got 13 coming to camp and we’ll get up to 15 at one stage. It’s a nice-sized camp, we can play against each other and get a lot accomplished,’’ Brondello says.
“Seeing our girls who haven’t been there before is important, just to get that opportunity to evaluate everyone. We have so much talent and that makes our job really hard when we have to select a final team.
“The team may change a little bit for Asia Cup with WNBA still going, depending on what teams are in the play-offs, so some of those players may be missing but we have so much depth that can cover for them.
“Every time we hop on the court we want to make sure we’re giving a great showing and continuing to improve, not only individually but collectively as a team, within the system we have.”
Selection in the WNBA All-Star game means Liz Cambage is not Phoenix bound, while Marianna Tolo and Jenna O’Hea are sidelined with injury. Bec Allen and Sami Whitcomb will join the camp during their WNBA break, while Mercury recruit Alanna Smith will also feature.
“Bec and Sami have shown a commitment. They have three days off but want to be there and that’s the wonderful thing - they don’t want to miss it, they want to be part of the Opals.
“For me that says a lot and that’s what we want to see, passion.”
In another positive development, Olympian and WNBA and WNBL champion Abby Bishop returns to the Opals squad for the first time in two years.
“Abby’s made a commitment to the Opals with a goal to get to that Olympics and we want our best players available,’’ Brondello says.
“Abby’s had a great career and I think it’s fantastic she’s staying in Australia and playing for the Townsville Fire. She knows how to score and is an experienced post player. I’m excited to get to see her again, it’s been two years.”
So, just how much can the Opals jam pack into eight days?
“You try and get in as much you can in a short period of time and we’re not only evaluating but making sure we’re continuing our chemistry and growth as a team,’’ Brondello explains.
“As coaches it’s a great opportunity for us to look at things like how we expand defensively. Liz is not going to be here so how can we play when she’s not on the court to make sure we’re a bit more aggressive at both ends of the floor.
“We’ll be very productive, we’ll get one team session in a day, there’ll be weights and small groups around it, team meetings so we continue to keep building that culture and at the same time make sure the girls get that recovery because that’s important as well.
With up to 57,000 fans expected to attend each game, fans are being advised to arrive early to soak up the pre-game entertainment and allow additional time to navigate the security arrangements.
As used at many major events and venues globally, including the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, fans attending these two games at Marvel Stadium will need to pass through airport-style screening, with all bags to be inspected by security staff.
To assist with a smooth and efficient entry to the venue, patrons are strongly advised not to bring to bags to the venue and, where a bag is a necessity, only bags of A4 or smaller in size will be permitted inside the venue – no large bags will be permitted at all.
Click here to download rights-free images of Australian Boomers’ Matthew Dellavedova experiencing the airport style security
Managing Director of promoter TEG Live Tim McGregor said: “With just over a month to go until the biggest sporting event of the year, now is the time for fans to start planning their game day experience.
“Fans need to be aware there will be specific security measures in place for these two games that, while uncommon at Melbourne venues, are commonly used at many major sporting events both in Australia and abroad, including basketball.
“In order to ensure all fans are seated before tip-off, patrons will need to allow extra time to enter the venue where, once inside, they can soak up the pre-game entertainment of this momentous occasion.
“There are some exciting announcements around the pre-game entertainment to follow in the countdown to the games at Marvel Stadium,” concluded McGregor.
Key Timings for Australian Boomers vs USA Basketball, Marvel Stadium
Thursday 22 August
Saturday 24 August
In-venue entertainment starts
Team warm-up starts
Pre-game show starts
Today’s announcement coincides with purchased tickets now to commence being distributed by Ticketmaster, with patrons to receive their tickets over the coming days.
Michael Green, Marvel Stadium Chief Executive, said: “We’re always thrilled to host major international events and as always, we suggest fans arrive as early as possible so soak up all the atmosphere.”
These highly anticipated games will be the first time the USA Basketball Men’s National Team has played in Australia since winning gold at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane and form important preparation for both teams ahead of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup that is being held in China, August 31 – September 15.
Remaining tickets for Australian Boomers v USA Basketball on Thursday 22 August and Saturday 24 August at Marvel Stadium are available from Ticketmaster.com.au
Official hospitality packages are available from VIP NOW, VIPNow.com.au
The first quarter was a back and forth affair. It was all the Australians in the opening minutes as the Gems got off to a hot start. They jumped out to a quick lead with some early trips to the free-throw line from Jaz Shelley and Alexandra Fowler.
The Gems set the tone early with their physical work in the paint and appeared to have Hungary rattled. Australia worked hard securing rebounds, with five of the team's twelve boards grabbed by Anstey alone.
Things were all going the Gems way until Hungary's shooters found their range at the midway point of the quarter. Hungary made a trio of three-pointers in the first period, and with time ticking down Reka Dombai made a clutch 2-point jump shot to give them the lead going into the break, 18-17.
After giving up their lead, the Gems really began to throw their weight around in the second quarter, outscoring Hungary 15-27. There was a concerted effort to get early penetration, as they fed the ball to Fowler and Anstey whenever possible. Fowler made the most out of her chances, ending the half with nine points and shooting 3/4 from the free-throw line.
Isobel Anstey also had a big second quarter, finishing the half with eight rebounds.
After finding their winning formula in the second period, the Gems went straight back to work at the start of the second half. Australia's guards, led by Jaz Shelley, continued to push the ball into the paint, allowing Fowler to continue doing her work inside.
Isabella Bourne also got into the action and was pivotal in fuelling the Gems constant trips to the free-throw line. In the third quarter alone Australia went to the line nine times, cashing in on six.
However, once again, it was Hungary's use of the jump shot that kept them in the game. Unleashing a barrage of two's and three's Hungary was able to quickly close the gap, coming within five points of Australia at the three-minute mark of the third term.
It was some timely shots from Shelley that wrestled back momentum from Hungary, giving the Gems a 56-50 lead going into the final quarter.
The final ten minutes of the game belonged to Fowler as seven of her 19 points came in the last stretch. Her terrific offensive rebounding kept Australia's offence moving when the pace slowed down early on. Ten of her 17 rebounds were offensive.
Hungary once again made a late surge off the back of their shooting, but it was too little too late.
The Gems will now play their final group game against Korea on Tuesday at 3pm AEST.
Things were tough for the Gems in the opening stages of the first quarter. The USA came out swinging, and Australia struggled to deal with their physicality and fullcourt pressure. Some costly turnovers in the opening minutes put Australia on the back foot early.
The USA looked to feed their bigs in the paint from the outset. Australia's defence did well in the early stages to repel them, but the USA kept pounding the ball inside which gave them the early ascendency.
Jazmin Shelley and Lily Scanlon kept the Gems within striking distance, with 6 points and 4 points respectively. On the back of their aggressive penetrating drives to the basket, Australia went into the first quarter break only down 14-19.
In the second quarter, the Gems were able to get to the free-throw with greater regularity but struggled to capitalise on their opportunities, converting only 9 of their 18 attempts. This lack of accuracy would continuously hand the momentum back to the USA.
Although they struggled at the free-throw line the Gems were able to find their range from three. Some timely three-point shooting from Scanlon, Shelley and Isobel Anstey ensured the Gems stayed in contact with the USA going into the second half, only trailing 39-35.
After a closely contested first half it was all USA in the third quarter. The USA went came out firing, going on a 10-0 run that was finally ended by a Fowler jump shot four minutes into the period. However, it wasn't enough to stop the onslaught.
The USA continued to pile on the points, outscoring the Gems 20-4 and going into the final quarter with a 21 point lead.
The Gems came out in the fourth quarter with much more composure and put together a much more competitive 10 minute period of basketball. Shyla Heal's aggressive drives to the basket kept the USA's defence off balance. Heal scored all 4 of her points in the last 5 minutes of the game.
Although the USA extended their lead further, the Gems kept up the pace scoring 17 points to the USA's 19.
At full-time it was Lily Scanlon who led the way for Australia, scoring a game-high 12 points, with 6 points coming from behind the three-point line.
Alexandra Fowler did her best against the USA's bigs, securing a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Gems will next face Hungary at 3:15 pm AEST tomorrow.
Following a warm-up tournament in France where they finished with a 2-1 record, the Gems are ready to tip off their World Cup campaign on Saturday afternoon. In the warm-up tournament the Gems defeated Belgium 59-44, Russia 81-76 before falling to the hosts France by ten points.
The Gems will have a fresh face for the World Cup with Queenslander Ula Motuga joining the squad in Thailand. Motuga will join a squad that includes Bronze medallists from the 2018 Under-17 World Cup in Isobel Anstey, Agnes Emma-Nnopu, Alexandra Fowler, Shyla Heal, Gemma Potter and Lily Scanlon.
Boasting a number of players who have excelled at previous World Championships, guard Shyla Heal will play an important role for the Gems after earning All-Star Five honours at last year’s world cup in Belarus. At that tournament Heal finished with averages of 16 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists while she scored 16 second-half points against Hungary to propel the Sapphires to a Bronze medal.
Meanwhile, three members from the Sapphires’ historic gold medal-winning team at the 2016 Under-17 World Cup are also a part of this Gems team, with Miela Goodchild, Jaz Shelley and Samantha Simons all bringing golden experience to the 2019 squad.
Ranked seventh in the world, the Gems face a ‘group of death’, with the Australians set to face the USA (ranked first), Hungary (ranked 14th) and Korea (ranked 15th), meaning Group C will include three of the top four teams from last year’s Under-17 World Cup.
While all teams continue to the Round of 16, pool play will determine seeding as the tournament enters a knockout stage from the Round of 16 onwards.
Leading creative agency MMR conducted the project working collaboratively with Basketball Australia. The new branding generates a rejuvenated look and feel while retaining the iconic Basketball Australia ball device.
“With the strength of basketball at an all-time high in this country and in the lead-up to what we hope will be a momentous FIBA World Cup campaign for the Boomers, this is a perfect time to refresh and strengthen Basketball Australia’s national identity in the sporting landscape,” said Basketball Australia CEO, Jerril Rechter.
All national teams under the governance of Basketball Australia will receive an updated look as well as the Australian Junior Championships, Australian School Championships logos and other areas of the business including coaching and referees.
The four national senior teams in the Australian Boomers, Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals, Australian Rollers and Australian Gliders will obtain a new green and gold logo – refer below.
The Boomers logo will be unveiled in time for the historic national team games this August ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup, when they will take on Canada Basketball and USA Basketball in Perth and Melbourne respectively.
“MMR was thrilled to be given the privilege to design all the new brandmarks for Basketball Australia including its numerous national teams,” said MMR Managing Director, Rob Kennedy.
“To be the agency chosen to work on such iconic sporting brands is an honour and something we are extremely proud to be a part of.”
This announcement comes at an exciting time for Australian basketball following the collaboration between the NBL and Basketball Australia as commercial partners, the appointment of Lauren Jackson as the Head of Women in Basketball, the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup for the Chemist Warehouse Opals and the countdown to the Boomers’ exhibition games against Canada Basketball and USA Basketball in August as well as the FIBA World Cup.
A finalised list of attendees will be announced prior to the training camp before Canada will begin exhibition play against Nigeria with a two-game series on August 7 and 9.
At the conclusion of the two-game series against Nigeria, Canada Basketball will then select their team for the FIBA World Cup that will travel to Australia for the exhibition games against the Boomers in Perth on August 16 and 17 at RAC Arena.
The squad includes 17 NBA players including R.J. Barrett (New York Knicks), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder), Cory Joseph (Sacramento Kings), Trey Lyles (San Antonio Spurs), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets), Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks) and Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers).
Canada is returning to the FIBA World Cup for the first time since 2010 as one of the fastest rising basketball nations in the world.
“We’re excited about the group of athletes that we have invited to training camp next month in Toronto,” said Rowan Barrett, Canada Basketball General Manager, Men’s High Performance.
"These athletes demonstrate the depth of talent we now have in our country, as we prepare to meet the challenge of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.”
The Canadian team will arrive in Perth for exhibition games against the Boomers on August 16 and 17 before travelling to Sydney for games against New Zealand and USA Basketball.
The Boomers announced their squad in May featuring nine NBA players from the past season in Andrew Bogut (Golden State Warriors), Aron Baynes (Phoenix Suns), Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs), Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz), Mitch Creek (Minnesota Timberwolves), Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden (Philadelphia 76ers) and MatthewDellavedova and Deng Adel (Cleveland Cavaliers).
In addition, Bogut, Baynes, Mills, Ingles, Dellavedova, Chris Goulding (Melbourne United) and Brock Motum (Anadolu Efes) represented the Boomers at the Rio Olympics while Nick Kay (Perth Wildcats), Mitch McCarron (Melbourne United) and Nathan Sobey (Brisbane Bullets) competed in ten of the 12 FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Canada Basketball's list of invitees for the 2019 FIBA World Cup training camp:
Previous / Current Club
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Riesen Ludwigsburg (Germany)
Syracuse Orange (NCAA)
Valencia Basket (Spain)
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
BC UNICS (Russia)
Istanbul BBSK (Turkey)
Los Angeles Clippers
Salt Lake City Stars (G League)
San Antonio Spurs
Florida Gators (NCAA)
FC Barcelona Basketball (Spain)
Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Openjobmetis Varese (Italy)
Bahcesehir Koleji Istanbul (Turkey)
Unicaja Malaga (Spain)
Canada Basketball warm-up schedule ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup:
Named in the FIBA Under-17 Oceania Championship squad earlier this year, Sewell has already found success during the Australian Junior Championships as a member of Vic Metro.
She won a gold medal at the 2017 Under-16 Championships before playing a major role in Vic Metro’s 2019 Under-18’s gold medal.
At that tournament, Sewell scored 8.8 points per game along with 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals, tallying ten points in the gold medal match.
Swain also caught the attention of many onlookers during the Australian Junior Championships, representing Queensland North at the 2017 and 2018 Under-16’s as well as the Under-18’s earlier this year.
In 2017, she made her presence known with 18.9 points per game (third in the tournament), 3.8 steals (third) and 13 three-pointers across eight games.
A year later, Swain led the Under-16’s for scoring with 19.4 points per contest while averaging 6.6 rebounds (second most for her team) and 3.4 steals (fourth most for the tournament) while knocking down 17 three’s (fifth most overall).
Her tournament-high 29 points came in the bronze medal game as she took Qld North to the podium.
Incredibly, Swain then brought her game to new heights at this year’s Under-18’s by leading the competition for scoring as a bottom-ager with 25.6 points as well as eight rebounds, 2.6 steals and a total of 18 three-pointers (fifth most overall).
Swain will soon pull on the green and gold when she represents Australia at the FIBA Under-17 Oceania Championships in August.
Rounding out the new scholarship holders, Wise rose to prominence as a member of Northern Tasmania at the Under-14 Club Championships.
She competed at the 2015 and 2016 tournaments and led her side to a victory on the last day of the 2016 competition with 33 points.
Wise has since played important roles off the bench for her state team at the 2018 Under-16’s, collecting 3.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest, and earlier this year at the Under-18’s with four points, 3.6 boards and 1.7 assists.
In addition to her exploits as a Tasmanian representative, Wise has also participated at NBA Basketball Without Borders camps and Australian Development Camps.
“We are excited to see how these talented young athletes embrace the opportunities of a daily training environment and how they will grow as athletes, basketball players and young women over the next couple of years,” said Centre of Excellence Women's Program Head Coach, Kristen Veal.
“All three new scholarship athletes are vastly different in how they express themselves and approach the game which makes them uniquely promising prospects.
“Over the remainder of 2019 we look forward to a solid training block where all new and returning athletes can further build robustness, athletic ability, skill consistency and training habits which will lay the foundation for a strong 2020.”
The current Centre of Excellence Women's Class:
Agnes Emma-Nnopu (Victoria)
Gemma Potter (Victoria)
Kelsey Rees (South Australia)
Lily Scanlon (Victoria)
Sara-Rose Smith (Victoria)
Olivia Pollerd (Victoria)
Jade Melbourne (Victoria)
Millie Prior (New South Wales)
Paige Price (Victoria)
Emily Sewell (Victoria)
Shaniece Swain (Queensland)
Lauren Wise (Tasmania)