The Australia Women's National Basketball Team
(nicknamed The Opals
) is the women's National Basketball
team for Australia
. They won Gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006
defeating New Zealand's Tall Ferns in the final match with a score of 77–39. They then followed it up with a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women
, beating Russia 91–74. The Opals became the first non-American team since Brazil in 1994 to become world champions with their victory over the Russians.
The team's captain and star player is centre Lauren Jackson
, a perennial WNBA
All-Star team member.
Women's basketball was introduced as an Olympic sport at Montreal in 1976.
Past Olympics squads
1984 Los Angeles Roster
Jenny Cheesman (Capt), Robyn Maher
, Bronwyn Marshall, Patricia Cockrem, Donna Quinn, Patricia Mickan, Julie Nykiel, Kathy Foster, Marina Moffa, Karen Dalton, Wendy Laidlaw, Sue Geh, Brendan Flynn (Head Coach), Kay McFarlane (Assistant Coach), Lorraine Landon (Manager), Eddie Crouch (Referee).1988 Seoul Roster
Jenny Cheesman (Capt), Robyn Maher, Sandy Brondello
, Michele Timms
, Donna Brown, Patricia Mickan, Julie Nykiel, Debbie Slimmon, Marina Moffa, Karen Dalton, Shelley Gorman, Maree White, Robbie Cadee (Head Coach), Ray Tomlinson (Assistant Coach), Michael Pattison (Assistant Coach), Lorraine Landon (Manager), Geoff Weeks (Referee.1996 Atlanta Roster
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