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Gems World Championship team named

Courtesy: Basketball Australia 22/6/2009

Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the athletes selected in the Australian Under-19 Women’s team, the Gems, for the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Women in Bangkok, Thailand from July 23 – August 2.

178cm guard Stephanie Cumming has been named Team Captain and is just one of 11 athletes from the Australian Institute of Sport selected in the 12-strong side including 203cm Opal Liz Cambage Gretel Tippett the exception.

The team was selected following the Gems tour to France earlier this month where the team recorded wins over Under-19 national teams from China, Turkey, Latvia, Russia, Belgium, and France.

The Gems have drawn in Group A at the World Championship alongside France, Argentina and Korea, and will tip off their tournament against Argentina on July 23.

Other nations competing at the event are Brazil, Czech Republic, Thailand, Lithuania, Canada, Japan, Russia, Tunisia, Spain, China, USA and Mali.

Australia placed fifth at the 2007 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Women with a 7 win, 2 loss record.

Full tournament schedule

Official website of the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Women

Australia’s Under-19 women’s basketball team:
Name / Junior Association / State

Elizabeth CAMBAGE / Dandenong / Victoria / AIS
Stephanie CUMMING / Dandenong / Victoria / AIS (Captain)
Bree FARLEY / Kadina / South Australia / AIS
Kerryn HARRINGTON / Bendigo / Victoria / AIS
Jillian HAUGHTON / Mackay / Queensland / AIS
Kelsey IRELAND / Kadina / South Australia / AIS
Rachel JARRY / Dandenong / Victoria / AIS
Ashleigh KARAITIANA / City of Sydney / New South Wales / AIS
Alice KUNEK / Eltham / Victoria / AIS
Rosie MOULT / Nunawading / Victoria / AIS
Tess MADGEN / Eastern Mavericks / South Australia  / AIS
Gretel TIPPETT / Miami / Queensland

Head Coach: Dean Kinsman
Assistant Coach: Dale Waters, Sandy Tomley
Team Manager: Trudy Pearce
Doctor: Dr. Larissa Trease
Physiotherapist: Ebonie Scase