Australian Opals squad head into camp this January

The current 2020 Australian Women’s Senior National squad will feature 10 Victorians who will participate in a week-long training camp on the Gold Coast in early January 2021.

With the recent easing of internal border restrictions and changes to enforced quarantine periods within Australia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Basketball Australia has been able to arrange this training camp at short notice.

Also, with Chemist Warehouse Opals head coach Sandy Brondello currently in North Queensland observing the 2020 WNBL season, this seven-day camp which is set to run 3 – 10 January inclusive, provides the perfect opportunity for coaching staff and players alike to have invaluable face time ahead of a busy 2021, which includes the Olympic Games and 2021 FIBA Women’s Asia Cup.

“With the majority of the current Opals squad playing in this year’s WNBL and the timing of the league allowing me to come home to observe our athletes, conducting this camp enables the perfect touchpoint as we approach an important year for the national team,” Brondello said. “While this isn’t a selection camp for the Olympics, it will provide an opportunity for the coaching panel to work the playing group both on and off the court to set the tone for the 12 months ahead.”

Due to playing commitments abroad and quarantine for inbound arrivals, at this stage the following squad members won’t be attending the camp in January: Rebecca Allen, Tiana Mangakahia and Jaz Shelley. Alanna Smith is currently rehabbing following recent surgery and will not be available for this camp.

The 2020 Australian Senior National Women’s Chemist Warehouse Opals Squad:


Rebecca Allen – Valencia, Spain / New York Liberty

Zitina Aokuso – JCU Townsville Fire

Sara Blicavs – Jayco Southside Flyers

Elizabeth Cambage – Jayco Southside Flyers

Rebecca Cole – Jayco Southside Flyers

Katie-Rae Ebzery – Perth Lynx

Darcee Garbin – Perth Lynx

Cayla George – Deakin Melbourne Boomers

Kelsey Griffin* – University of Canberra Capitals

Shyla Heal – JCU Townsville Fire

Tessa Lavey – Bendigo Spirit

Tess Madgen – Deakin Melbourne Boomers

Ezi Magbegor – Seattle Storm/Deakin Melbourne Boomers

Tiana Mangakahia – Syracuse University, USA

Leilani Mitchell* – Washington Mystics/ Jayco Southside Flyers

Lauren Nicholson – JCU Townsville Fire

Jenna O’Hea – Jayco Southside Flyers

Maddi Rocci – University of Canberra Capitals

Jaz Shelley – University of Oregon, USA

Alanna Smith – Phoenix Mercury/ Adelaide Lightning

Stephanie Talbot – Adelaide Lightning

Marianna Tolo – University of Canberra Capitals

Sami Whitcomb* – Perth Lynx

*Restricted Player

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