Friday, May 15, 2009

World Uni Games Teams Named

Basketball Australia (BA) can announce the athletes selected to represent Australia in basketball at the 2009 World Uni Games in July.

The World University Summer Games (WUSG) are held every two years under the banner of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and in 2009 will be held in Belgrade, Serbia from July 1-12.

The women's team contains eight athletes and three coaches from the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) while the men's team contains two athletes from the National Basketball League (NBL), with the remaining Australian players sourced from American universities.

The most represented university is St. Mary's College of California, the current residence of Australian Boomer Patty Mills, with three athletes followed by America's Nicholls State University and Victoria's Monash University with two athletes apiece.

The women's team will be coached by Townsville Fire Head Coach Peter Buckle while the men's team will be coached by former Sydney Kings Assistant Coach and current Australian Boomers Network Coach Bill Tomlinson.

Australia is the reigning WUSG Gold Medallist in the women's competition, having defeated Russia in the final of the 2007 event when coached by now-Opals coach Carrie Graf, while the men's team finished the 2007 event in seventeenth place.

The women's team will undergo a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) from May 18-20 while the men's team will join the Australian Boomers at a training camp at the same venue from June 20-24 prior to departure for Europe.

Australian Universities Women's Basketball Team:

Sarah GRAHAM, Monash University (VIC), WNBL: Logan Thunder Emma LANGFORD, University of Wyoming (USA) Amy LEWIS, University of Ballarat (VIC), WNBL: Townsville Fire Lauren MANSFIELD, Midland Junior College Texas (USA) Mia NEWLEY, Flinders University (SA), WNBL: Adelaide Lightning Elyse PENALUNA, Box Hill Tafe (VIC), WNBL: Bulleen Boomers Chantella PERERA, Deakin University (VIC), WNBL: Canberra Capitals Sally POTOCKI, Southern Cross University (NSW), WNBL: Sydney Uni Flames Alyce SHEARING, Troy University (USA) Kiera SHIELS, University of Sydney (NSW), WNBL: Sydney Uni Flames Marianna TOLO, University of Canberra (ACT), WNBL: Canberra Capitals Louella TOMLINSON, St. Marys College of California (USA)

Head Coach: Peter BUCKLE, WNBL: Townsville Fire Head Coach Asst. Coach: Chris LUCAS, WNBL: Canberra Capitals Assistant Coach Manager: Kirstie DENCH, WNBL: Bulleen Boomers Assistant Coach

Australian Universities Men's Basketball Team: Benjamin ALLEN, St. Marys College of California (USA)Ryan BATHIE, Nicholls State University (USA) Anatoly BOSE, Nicholls State University (USA) Benjamin CONGIUSTA, University of Tennessee at Martin (USA) Andrew HARMS, Monash University (VIC), SEABL: Frankston Bears Carlin HUGHES, St. Marys College of California (USA) Ben MADGEN, Augusta State University (USA) Nate TOMLINSON, University of Colorado (USA) Cameron TOVEY, Curtin University of Technology (QLD), NBL: Townsville Crocs Gregory VANDERJAGT, Central Qld. University (QLD), NBL: Gold Coast Blaze Jesse WAGSTAFF, Metropolitan State College (USA) Cameron WITT, Valparaiso University (USA)

Head coach: Bill TOMLINSON (formerly with NBL, Sydney Kings) Asst. Coach: Brett COXSEDGE (formerly with NBL, Sydney Spirit) Manager: Greg WARNECKE


Anonymous said...

getting very desperate 4 stories now.

no1 cares about a uni team omg.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a talented team, I'm they will be competitive against the worlds best.

I'm sure many of these players from the U.S.A are wondering what is going on back here in terms of our so called proposed "Elite Competition" which is being thrown together. Many of them probably have asperations of comimg back to play in the NBL one day!!
..It may pay to stay over there, and give Oz a miss!!