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Canberra declared basketball capital of Australia!

By toriness 13 April 2006 9

Last night I went to see the Opals whip USA in the ‘Opals World Challenge’, an international tournament (involving the Opals, US, China and Chinese taipei) leading up to the women’s basketball world championships which are being held in Brazil this coming September. The Opals beat the US team for the first time EVER in an official international tournament!! They won convincingly, leading for a good deal of the game and ended up winning by 11 points (76-65)! Congratulations to Capitals’ players Lauren Jackson (yes i still refer to her thusly!), Tully Bevilaqua, and Jenny Whittle – all played brilliantly. Lauren Jackson was named as the tournament MVP and also in the All-Star 5.

Kudos to Canberrans who went along to watch this historical event – the match was a sellout. AIS stadium was packed out and the entire crowd were screaming their lungs out for the Aussie girls. The US were so cranky that they got beaten! A few tanties were thrown during the game, when they got fouled and especially when Alana Beard (who played for the Capitals last season, it must have been hard for her to have been cheered wildly last time she was in town but this time round zero support) got fouled out – the whole US team congregated on court around her in protest without calling a time out, the crowd booed them and yelled at them to get off the court. LOL!

Here is a run-down of the match.

The head of Basketball Australia declared Canberra “the basketball capital of Australia” in his awards ceremony speech. Yay ACT!

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Funky1 11:25 am 11 Dec 13

Absent Diane said :

she also happens to be extremely ugly

And this is relevant to her success as a world class athlete how??

isaidno 9:58 am 11 Dec 13

Now if only we could get a team back into the NBL

vg 4:40 pm 18 Apr 06

JB, time for you and your hot pants to step in

Binker 4:10 pm 18 Apr 06

Ok so she’s not a babe but “extremely ugly” is a little OTT. You have gotta get out more, I see many people who are more cosmetically challenged than Jackson on my trips to Dickson Woollies.

andy 3:53 pm 18 Apr 06

absentdiane, i agree. maybe thats why they chose her to market Sky Tower.
Apart from many other reasons, as soon as she was advertising the place, it guaranteed I wouldn’t buy it. Same goes for any Transact services.

Absent Diane 3:17 pm 18 Apr 06

she also happens to be extremely ugly

vg 2:40 pm 18 Apr 06

Might be something to do with the fact she is the best basketballer (male or female) this country has ever produced.

She is the Canberra Capitals, as last season proved

andy 1:31 pm 18 Apr 06

oh please tell me this does not mean MORE annoying print articles, news sections and product advertisements with Lauren Jackson.
She shits me for some reason. Any media relating to whatever the basketball team is called, always seems to refer to her in every second or third word.

areaman 5:15 pm 13 Apr 06

What kind of a basketball capital doesn’t even have a team in the largest, richest league in the country?

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