Inaugural Australian 3X3 World Champ teams named
The Australian Senior Womenís 3X3 basketball team and the U18 Womenís and Menís Australian teams have been named ahead of the inaugural FIBA 3X3 Senior and U18 World Championship tournaments.
Headlining the senior womenís team will be WNBL rising stars Tess Madgen (SA), Katie-Rae Ebzery (NSW), Sara Blicavs (VIC) and Alice Kunek (VIC), who will compete at the World Cup, which will be held in Athens, Greece between the 23-26 August this year.
Coached by Rebecca Dick from Tasmania, the team will battle the likes of the USA, Russia, Brazil, France, Spain, Germany and Argentina in a 24-strong field of countries.
The team will assemble in Canberra on Sunday 19 August to take part in a training camp and play a game against the AIS with the support of Kristy Flores who has experience having been our coach at the Singapore Youth Olympics in 2010. The team will then depart for Athens on 20 August.
Also announced was the U18 3X3 Womenís and Menís teams who will compete in the FIBA 3X3 U18 World Championship in Seville, Spain between September 27-30.
The U18 teams were selected following the first ever U18 3X3 National Championship which was played last week in Sydney, coinciding with the Rollers and Gliders World Challenge, which saw VIC Country victorious in the womenís competition, while SA Metro took out the menís competition.
There will be 24 nations competing in the Senior Womenís and U18 Womenís World Championship, with teams divided into four groups of six teams, playing in a round-robin first round against their five respective group opponents. The top four teams from each group will then progress to the Eighth-Finals, where the tournament continues in a standard knock-out format.
There will be 32 countries vying for the world title in the U18ís menís competition. The format will be the same as the womenís tournament except there will be four groups of eight teams with the top two from each group advancing to the Quarter Finals stage, where the tournament continues in a standard knock-out format.
AUSTRALIAN SENIOR WOMENíS 3X3 WORLD CUP TEAM
MADGEN, Tess (SA)
EBZERY, Katie-Rae (NSW)
BLICAVS, Sara (VIC)
KUNEK, Alice (VIC)
Head Coach: Rebecca Dick
AUSTRALIAN U18 WOMENíS 3X3 WORLD CUP TEAM
ROLPH, Ebony (VIC Country)
SMITH, Jaclyn (VIC Metro)
BAIRSTOW, Stephanie (QLD)
WALLACE, Kristy (QLD)
Head Coach: Corrylynn Wellsteed (WA)
ROSCOE, Samantha (WA)
RIFAT, Hannah (VIC country)
WHITE, Madeline (VIC Country)
BRANCATISANO, Isabella (VIC Metro)
AUSTRALIAN U18 MENíS 3X3 WORLD CUP TEAM
SPEAR, Joel (SA Metro)
KREBS, Tanner (TAS)
YOUNG, Matthew (TAS)
HOOLE, William (VIC Metro)
Head Coach: Jonathan Goodman (VIC)