Bunton selected in Opals team ahead of 2018 World Cup

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Recently signed Brydens Sydney Uni Flames centre, Alex Bunton, has been selected in the Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals team ahead of the 2018 FIBA World Cup. The World Cup will be held in Tenerife, Spain from 22-30 September.

Bunton joined the Flames after stints in the WNBL and most recently in European Leagues. Competing for Dynamo Moscow she averaged 10.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest In the Eastern European League, and 7.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in the Russian League.

“Alex has worked very hard to get back to full fitness under the guidance of Jan Legg, Strength and Conditioning Coach,” said coach Sandy Brondello.

“She is another big body who will give us an inside presence on offense as well as provide us with another physical post player and strong rebounder at the defensive end.

“Alex has always had a lot of potential and now with a healthy body, I am looking forward to watching her development at the FIBA World Cup and beyond,” Brondello added.

Bunton will join Flames Head Coach Cheryl Chambers, who is an Assistant Coach of the Opals and has been a part of the program since May, 2017.

Sitting 4th in the FIBA World Rankings, Australia will take on Nigeria (34th), Argentina (15th) and Turkey (7th) in the group phase of the tournament. Australia has had great success at recent World Championships, finishing with Gold in 2006 and Bronze in 2014.

The Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals Schedule for the FIBA Women’s World Cup (all times AEST):

September 22: Australia vs. Nigeria at 8.30pm
September 23: Australia vs. Argentina at 8.00pm
September 25:
Australia vs. Turkey at 8.30pm
September 26: Quarter-Final Qualifications
September 28: Quarter-Finals
September 29: Semi-Finals
September 30: Medal Games

The Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals Team for the FIBA Women’s World Cup:

Rebecca Allen New York Liberty (WNBA)
Alexandra Bunton Brydens Sydney Uni Flames
Elizabeth Cambage Dallas Wings (WNBA)
Katie-Rae Ebzery Perth Lynx
Cayla George Deakin Melbourne Boomers
Tess Madgen JCU Townsville Fire
Ezi Magbegor Deakin Melbourne Boomers
Lauren Mansfield Perth Lynx
Leilani Mitchell University of Canberra Capitals
Jenna O’Hea Deakin Melbourne Boomers
Alanna Smith Stanford University
Stephanie Talbot Deakin Melbourne Boomers
Sandy Brondello Head Coach
Cheryl Chambers Assistant Coach
Paul Goriss Assistant Coach
Chris Lucas Assistant Coach
Gaylene Mackay Physiotherapist
Danielle Barwood Team Doctor
Trine Bourke Massage Therapist
Trish Fallon Team Leader