FIRE CHAMPS SET FOR OLYMPIC BATTLE
TOWNSVILLE Fire teammates Suzy Batkovic and Micaela Cocks have been called up for training camps with their respective national teams ahead of next month’s Australia/ New Zealand series.
Batkovic was named in a strong 16- player squad for a three- game home series against the Japanese national team which will serve as a final selection trial before the Olympic qualifiers against New Zealand begin on August 15.
After a brief break from the representative scene, Batkovic made herself available for selection this year and the veteran centre impressed in the Opals recent tour of Europe.
Her teammate and fellow 2014/ 15 Women’s National Basketball League champion Micaela Cocks is one of the more experienced campaigners named in coach Kennedy Kereama’s 14woman Tall Ferns squad.
The 2008 Olympian and her Kiwi teammates will travel to Asia for an invitational tournament before three warm- up games in New Zealand ahead of their home- and- away series against the Opals.
Townsville Crocodiles player Leon Henry is also in consideration for selection for the New Zealand team after he was one of 14 players selected for the Tall Blacks current tour of Europe and Asia.
TALL FERN: Micaela Cocks is set to play for the Kiwis.