Lightning stars and coach named in Opals squad

August 1, 2018 | Adelaide Lightning news

The Australian Opals have been struck by lightning, naming Nicole Seekamp and Stephanie Blicavs in the squad that will attend the selection camp for the upcoming 2018 FIBA World Cup.

Adelaide Lightning coach Chris Lucas has also been recognised, named as assistant coach of the Opals, alongside Cheryl Chambers and Paul Goriss.

“I’m excited and looking forward to working with Sandy (Brondello) and helping the program as much as I can to get a great result for the Opals,” Lucas said.

The squad will be reduced to just 12, following the results of a week-long selection camp that starts on 10 August at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport. Only athletes that are currently in Australia are required to attend the camp.

With the squad boasting WNBA stars, Liz Cambage, Leilani Mitchell, Sami Whitcomb, Cayla George, Stephanie Talbot and Rebecca Allen, Lucas is predicting the training camp will be intense.

“With six girls from the WNBA named in the squad, it’s going to be very competitive camp and tough to make the team,” he said.

The selected athletes will travel to Spain for the FIBA Women’s World Cup, which will run from the 22-30 September 2018.

The Opals are in hot-form having recently returned from the Four Nations Tournament in China, where they finished with an impressive 5-1 record.


Australian Opals World Cup Squad

Tessa Lavey Jayco Dandenong Rangers
Lauren Mansfield Perth Lynx
Jenna O’Hea Deakin Melbourne Boomers
Katie-Rae Ebzery Perth Lynx
Stephanie Blicavs Adelaide Lightning
Darcee Garbin JCU Townsville Fire
Cayla George Deakin Melbourne Boomers / Dallas Wings
Alice Kunek Tarbes Gespe Bigorre
Kelsey Griffin University of Canberra Capitals

(subject to injury clearance)

Alanna Smith Stanford University
Tahlia Tupaea Brydens Sydney Uni Flames
Nicole Seekamp Adelaide Lightning
Ezi Magbegor Deakin Melbourne Boomers
Stephanie Talbot Deakin Melbourne Boomers
Tess Madgen JCU Townsville Fire
Rebecca Allen New York Liberty
Sami Whitcomb Seattle Storm
Leilani Mitchell University of Canberra Capitals / Phoenix Mercury
Liz Cambage Dallas Wings
Alex Bunton Brydens Sydney Uni Flames
Coaching Staff
Sandy Brondello (Head Coach) Phoenix Mercery
Cheryl Chambers (Assistant Coach) Brydens Sydney Uni Flames
Paul Goriss (Assistant Coach) University of Canberra Capitals
Chris Lucas (Assistant Coach) Adelaide Lightning