Seven Consulting Opals Secure Paris Berth Undefeated in Olympic Qualifying Tournament

February 12, 2024 | WNBL news

Written by Corey Kennedy

The Seven Consulting Opals have punched their ticket to Paris after going undefeated in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Brazil.

In their three games, the Opals defeated Brazil (60-55), Germany (85-52) and Serbia (75-73) to qualify.

With a mixture of youth and experience and eight WNBL players, the team now shifts its focus to preparation for Paris.

In a great showcase of the talent in the WNBL all players contributed over the course of the tournament.

Experienced campaigners, Tess Madgen (Sydney), Cayla George (Sydney), and Lauren Jackson (Southside) all played pivotal roles. George made a clutch three in the first game against Brazil, Madgen earned player of the game against Germany, and Jackson with some key moments early in both those games.

Sami Whitcomb (Townsville) and Sara Blicavs (Melbourne) provided a steady hand in a hostile environment. Jade Melbourne started game three and finished with 10 points and clutch free throws to seal the game.

Steph Reid (Townsville) and Izzy Borlase (Adelaide) both made their Opal debuts and looked right at home. Reid showcased her trademark defense and hustle while Borlase at just 19-years-old looked composed beyond her years scoring ten points on debut and starting her second game.

Emily Potter’s (Perth) Canada is also through to Paris while Esra McGoldrick (Bendigo) had a terrific tournament for New Zealand averaging 10.7 points per game. Tera Reed (Melbourne) was also strong in her two games. While youngsters, Mckenna Dale (Bendigo) and Ritorya Tamilo (Bendigo) were both solid in their games for the Tall Ferns.

A total of 13 current WNBL players played in the Olympic Qualifying tournament and a further 11 who have played in the league before.

With two rounds left in the home and away season now is the perfect time to lock in and see these incredible athletes.

Lauren Jackson will play a Thank You game this Sunday against the Sydney Flames with Cayla George who will be playing game number 350 in an incredible achievement.


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