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.

FIBA will live-stream the entire tournament via their YouTube channel.

Stats are also available via the official tournament website.

Isobel Anstey Victoria
Isabelle Bourne Australian Capital Territory
Chelsea D’Angelo Victoria
Agnes Emma-Nnopu Victoria
Alexandra Fowler Queensland
Ashlee Hannan (*Selected but unable to participate due to injury/clearance) Australian Capital Territory
Shyla Heal New South Wales
Miela Goodchild Queensland
Ula Motuga Queensland
Gemma Potter Victoria
Lily Scanlon Victoria
Jazmin Shelley Victoria
Samantha Simons South Australia
Dee Butler Head Coach
David Herbert Coach
Claudia Brassard Coach
Dr. Maja Markovic Doctor
Jessica Thornton Physiotherapist
Donna Turner Team Manager
Peter Lonergan Head of Delegation

The Australian Gems Schedule for the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup (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 3pm
July 24: Round of 16
July 26: Quarter-Finals
July 27: Semi-Finals
July 28: Medal Games

Find out all you need to know ahead of the Gems’ FIBA Under-19 World Cup campaign in Bangkok, Thailand, July 20-28.

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