Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the athletes named in Australia’s U19 Men’s team, the Emus, to compete in the 25th Albert Schweitzer Tournament to be held in Mannheim, Germany (3 – 10 April, 2010).
The 12-strong team was selected following a four-day camp at the Australian Institute of Sport last week.
Australia’s U19 Men’s Team for 2010 Albert Schweitzer Tournament: Name/Club
Jackson Aldridge Norths, NSW / AIS Jordan Barry Illawarra, NSW Mitchell Creek Horsham, Vic / AIS Anthony DrmicDandenong, Vic / AIS John Fenton Bathurst, NSW / AIS Hugh GreenwoodGrenadiers, Hobart TAS/ AIS Igor HadziomerovicMelbourne, Vic / AIS Jackson Hussey Willeton, WA / AIS William Sinclair Kilsyth, Vic Lewis Thomas Stirling, WA / AIS Daniel Trist Norths, NSW Corban Wroe Brisbane, Qld / AIS
Head Coach: Damian Cotter Assistant Coach: Paul Goriss Manager: Bob McGugan Physiothapist: Peter Suffolk
Sixteeen countries have been invited to the tournament with the Emus having been drawn against Israel and traditional European basketball powerhouses Greece and Spain in their preliminary round games.
Head Coach Damian Cotter is looking forward to the team playing in a challenging tournament against top European countries as well as teams from other zones. The tournament will provide an excellent opportunity to compete against a variety of international styles.
The coaching staff also commented that these tours provide the group with invaluable experience in tournament play combined with the rigors of international travel.
Australia has a good history in the tournament; at the 2008 tournament the Emus defeated the USA in the final to win the bronze medal.
The Emus will depart Australia on Saturday 27 March. The team will play three lead up games before the tournament commences on April 3.
Albert Schweitzer Tournament:
Group A: China; Italy; New Zealand; Germany U17 Group B: Brasil; Japan; Turkey; Germany Group C: Argentina; Croatia; France; USA Group D: Spain; Israel; Greece; Australia
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