Opal Cayla George excited for her baby’s arrival after World Cup

Opals veteran centre Cayla George is expected to play a big part for Australia during the Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney which tips off today.  But the most important role of her life will start just a couple of weeks later, with the arrival of her daughter, Pearl. And she has her sister in law to … Read more

Could Ezi Magbegor be just what the Opals need for the FIBA Women’s World Cup?

If the Opals messy, disappointing Tokyo Olympic campaign had one bright spot, it was the emergence of Ezi Magbegor as a legitimate force on the international stage. After a blistering season with the Seattle Storm in the WNBA, Magbegor has returned to Australia and looks to play a key role in the Opal’s 2022 FIBA … Read more

Lauren Jackson on overcoming the ‘self-doubt’ surrounding her Opals comeback

Chronic knee injuries forced Lauren Jackson into retirement, but the Australian basketball great says the mental rather than the physical requirements of her comeback have been the greatest challenge.  Key points: Lauren Jackson says self-doubt has “come in every day” during her Opals comeback Jackson says the pressure is now off her, and she has … Read more

Opals’ new captain honoured to skipper side in home World Cup

Tess Madgen will captain the Opals at the upcoming FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.  Key points: Tess Madgen was part of the Opals team that won World Cup silver in 2018 Madgen has played 65 times for the Opals since 2011 The FIBA Women’s World Cup gets underway in Sydney on September 22 The 32-year-old … Read more

Lauren Jackson caps remarkable comeback by signing with WNBL’s Southside Flyers

Lauren Jackson’s basketball return continues to grow legs with the 41-year-old set to play for the Southside Flyers in the WNBL following this year’s World Cup. Key points: Injuries and pain forced Jackson to retire midway through the 2016 WNBL season with Canberra She has since earned a spot in the Australian Opals squad for next … Read more

‘I had a bit of a cry to be honest’: Lauren Jackson’s stunning comeback continues with Opals squad selection

Lauren Jackson’s stunning return back to international basketball has continued after officially being picked in the Opals squad for the FIBA world cup, which starts in Sydney on September 22. Key points: Lauren Jackson will return to the Opals world cup squad for the first time since 2010 Jackson credits using medicinal cannabis with helping … Read more

Lauren Jackson to come out of international retirement to join Opals’ World Cup squad

Champion Australian basketballer Lauren Jackson will come out of her nine-year international retirement to join the Opals’ squad for this year’s World Cup. Key points: Lauren Jackson says she is a “little bit scared but excited” to be returning to the Opals Jackson won the World Championship with Australia in 2006 The Opals open their World … Read more