PLAYERS SELECTED FOR CONTINENTAL CUP
The Australian Rollers have named a team to tour Great Britain for the 2016 Continental Clash from July 2-5, a tournament that will serve as the final selection process for Rio.
The list of 14 players have been reduced following a camp at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence and the Rollers will fly to Great Britain on June 27 to compete against Japan, USA, Great Britain, Netherlands and 2012 gold medallists Canada.
Five NWBL teams are represented in the squad, with the RSL Queensland Spinning Bullets perhaps proving how unlucky they were to miss out on finals with the most selections (four) of any team.
The Kilsyth Cobras, Wollongong Roller Hawks and Red Dust Heelers all have three representatives while Shaun Norris from the Perth Wheelcats rounds out the team.
Before they reunite as team mates, Norris will go head-to-head with Josh Allison, Tristan Knowles and Shawn Russell this weekend in the NWBL Semi-Final while Wollongong’s Michael Auprince, Brett Stibners and Sam White will clash with Red Dust’s Brad Ness, Jannik Blair and Adam Deans in the other Semi-Final.
The Australian Rollers team for the 2016 Continental Clash in Leicester, Great Britain:
Josh Allison Kilsyth Cobras | VIS
Michael Auprince Wollongong Rollerhawks | NSWIS
Jannik Blair Red Dust Heelers | VIS
Adam Deans Red Dust Heelers | WAIS
Tristan Knowles Kilsyth Cobras | VIS
Bill Latham Queensland Spinning Bullets | QAS
Matt McShane Queensland Spinning Bullets | QAS
Brad Ness Red Dust Heelers | WAIS
Shaun Norris Perth Wheelcats | WAIS
Tom O’Neill-Thorne Queensland Spinning Bullets | QAS
Shawn Russell Kilsyth Cobras | VIS
Tige Simmons Queensland Spinning Bullets | QAS
Brett Stibners Wollongong Rollerhawks | NSWIS
Sam White Wollongong Rollerhawks | SASI
The full schedule for the Continental Clash can be found below (all times AEST):
Saturday July 2: Australia v Japan at 9:00pm
Sunday July 3: Australia v Great Britain at 4:45am
Sunday July 3: Australia v Netherlands at 9:00pm
Monday July 4: Australia v USA at 9:00pm
Tuesday July 5: Australia v Canada at 6:45pm