War­rackn­abeal’s Bibby off to Italy

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

War­rackn­abeal bas­ket­baller Chloe Bibby will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the FIBA Un­der-19 World Cup in Italy.

Bibby is among 12 play­ers to make the Aus­tralian Gems un­der-19 team fol­low­ing a fi­nal se­lec­tion camp in Can­berra.

The Gems ad­vanced through the FIBA Ocea­nia tour­na­ment late last year to qual­ify for the FIBA World Cup, which runs from July 22 to 30.

They de­feated New Zealand 10752 to win gold.

Coach Dee But­ler said the world cup se­lec­tion process was a tough one.

“Se­lec­tion was not easy with the qual­ity of the squad, but we are re­ally ex­cited about the depth and ver­sa­til­ity of the team,” she said.

“The team has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence un­der­pinned by their de­vel­op­ment at the Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence through their state-based high-per­for­mance pro­grams, while some have pre­vi­ous world cham­pi­onship in­volve­ment.

“We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to the ex­cit­ing chal­lenges in our pre­world cup tour­na­ment in France and then our ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive to medal at the world cup in Italy.”

The Gems are in Group D for the tour­na­ment and will be aim­ing to get on the podium for the third straight time af­ter win­ning bronze medals in 2015 and 2013.

The Gems also won sil­ver in 1997 and gold in 1993.

“We know that we will face strong op­po­si­tion with a num­ber of the Euro­pean teams, and Ja­pan and Korea as al­ways will be highly skilled and ex­tremely quick,” But­ler said. Aus­tralia’s Sched­ule for the Un­der-19 Women’s World Cham­pi­onships (all times AEST): July 22: Aus­tralia v Ja­pan, 9.30pm July 24: Aus­tralia v Mex­ico, 12.15am July 25: 10pm July 26: Round of 16 July 28: Quar­ter-fi­nals July 29: Semi-fi­nals July 30: Bronze and gold medal games Aus­tralia v Hun­gary,

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