Belinda Snell


Australian Opals players Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips chasing a WNBA championship

Lee Gaskin Two Australian Opals are trying to emulate Patty Mills by launching a strong bid to win the WNBA title.


Lauren Jackson undergoes surgery but Opals confident of her fitness for world champs


Lee Gaskin Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce wants to set the record straight on the playing future of Lauren Jackson.


Four Canberra Capitals to be named in extended world championships squad

Capitals player Carley Mijovic has been named in the extended Opals squad for the world championships, along with Lauren Jackson, Abby Bishop and Nat Hurst.

David Polkinghorne Extremely mobile, great ball-handling skills and athletic - they're the tools Opals coach Brendan Joyce believes could help Canberra Capitals forward Carley Mijovic make the final squad for the world...


Fit Jackson a big part of Opals' plans

Australia's Lauren Jackson shows off her bronze medal during victory ceremony at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 11, 2012.                     REUTERS/Mike Segar (BRITAIN  - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BASKETBALL)

Lee Gaskin Free agent Lauren Jackson will continue to be eased back as part of a new-look Australian Opals squad.


Tolo back in Opals with point to prove

Marianna Tolo during the Opals training session at the AIS.
The Canberra Times
03 June 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Jon Tuxworth Marianna Tolo will use the pain of her Olympic snubbing to prove a point after earning an Australian Opals recall.


Opals qualify for world titles as Boomers sink Tall Blacks

Lauren Jackson drives to the basket.

Lauren Jackson continues injury comeback, guiding Australia into next year's world basketball championships.


Fear for career vanish as Jackson spearheads Opals victory

Lauren Jackson

Just a few months ago Lauren Jackson feared she might never play basketball again.

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Jackson storms back with a vengeance

Australian Opals player Lauren Jackson during the match at the AIS Arena.

Jon Tuxworth Lauren Jackson returned in style to guide the Australian Opals to a win against New Zealand at AIS Arena on Sunday.


Jarry is happy as larry

Minnesota Lynx celebrate.

Roy Ward Melbourne's Rachel Jarry joined an elite group of Australians as a WNBA championship winner on Friday.


Switched off on live TV

London Olympic Games  2012
Basketball at Olympic Park , Australia v China in the womens quarter final , Australia's Lauren Jackson
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Tuesday the 7th of August 2012

Lee Gaskin Basketball ACT chief executive Tony Jackson has attacked the game's governing body for the reduction of free-to-air television coverage of the WNBL.


Graf undecided about Opals future

Carrie Graf.

Canberra Australian women's basketball coach in no rush to decide on what she will do next.


Dandenong have another title within range

22  February 2010  .Sport .     Canberra Times photo RICHARD BRIGGS. story by Lee Gaskin.   Canberra Capitals player   Lauren Jackson   ready to hit the road for the WNBL  finals SPECIAL 303

Adrian Warren The Lauren Jackson factor looms large over the WNBL, even if Australia's superstar basketballer will miss this weekend's opening round.


Capitals confident without Jackson

Jessica Bibby.

Jon Tuxworth Greater depth in key positions, and more old-fashioned ''mongrel'' - they are the key reasons that have the Canberra Capitals convinced they can win without Lauren Jackson early in the season.


Australia on brink of another golden age

Australian girls basketball National Identification training program

Jon Tuxworth Basketball Australia development officer Mike McHugh believes the sport is on the verge of a similar ''golden generation'' to that which uncovered Canberra Capitals star Lauren Jackson.


Opals lose 69-64 to China


Australia's women basketballers lost to China 69-64 in the opening game of th their three-game series in the Chinese city of Shanxi on Wednesday night,


Gold would be a nice accessory for Opals ... but it's no guarantee

Photo by Gary Sissons. 
Opals - Australia v Brasil at The new State Basketball Centre Knox.
Belinda Snell.

Paul Suttor The Australian Opals enter this Olympics with a huge weight of golden expectation on their shoulders but just because a team has been close to the summit, does not mean it will inevitably reach the...

Ardossi fires for finals charge

Ardossi fires for finals charge

It was her performance against Bulleen that trumpeted Brigitte Ardossi's arrival as a WNBL force to be reckoned with.

Bibby defends Caps' motivation after thumping

Bibby defends Caps' motivation after thumping

Capitals skipper Jess Bibby has defended her side's effort, insisting execution was the cause of Canberra's 97-68 thumping on the road at the hands of Sydney last night.

Capitals named as Opals

Marianna Tolo pressures a kiwi opponent. She's now headed to the London Olympics.

Chris Wilson Two Canberra Capitals are on their way to the 2012 London Olympics.


Tolo looks set to leave Capitals

By Jon Tuxworth The dream Lauren Jackson-Marianna Tolo partnership is unlikely to continue at the Canberra Capitals next season, with Europe seemingly winning the battle for Tolo's signature.