Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth

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Opals coach Brendan Joyce says no panic despite rocky build-up to September's FIBA World Cup

Jon Tuxworth The Australian Opals have lost some of their biggest stars for September's FIBA World Cup, but coach Brendan Joyce already has eyes on their replacements.

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Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor, Erin Phillips and Elizabeth Cambage back for Opals

Australian Opals training at the AIS. (L-R) Penny Taylor, Erin Phillips, Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage.

Jon Tuxworth Four seasoned campaigners with their own points to prove are ready to return the Australian Opals to the glory days of old.

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Opals star Nat Hurst keen to play SEABL for Canberra Capitals

Nat Hurst in action for the Canberra Capitals.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Capitals Academy are hopeful Australian Opals star Nat Hurst will play for them this SEABL season.

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Opals hope Nat Hurst and Leilani Mitchell will provide punch at world championships

Canberra Capitals player Natalie Hurst.

Jon Tuxworth They're rivals for the coveted starting point guard job, but Opals coach hopes duo can provide one-two punch.

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Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce wants Lauren Jackson's China club to ease her training workload

Sport.  Australian Opals vs New Zealand Tall Ferns.  Australian Opals player Lauren Jackson during the game at the AIS Arena.  18 August 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Jon Tuxworth Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce has urged Lauren Jackson's Chinese club to reduce her hectic training schedule, admitting he's worried she's being overworked as she battles a niggling Achilles...

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Capital Carley Mijovic can help meet Australian Opals' need for speed, says coach Brendan Joyce

SPORT: Canberra Capitals player Carley Mijovic pictured at the AIS Arena, Canberra. 17th December 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Jon Tuxworth She is one half of the Canberra Capitals' ''baby bigs'' but Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce believes Carley Mijovic can step up to the big time at next year's world championships.

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Tolo back in Opals with point to prove

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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.

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Joyce has the coaching pedigree to help bring out the best in Opals

MERCURY SPORT-BASKETBALL  National basketball League NBL game between Wollongong Hawks and Gold Coast Blaze. Blaze players train at Wollongong Entertainment Centre prior to the game on Friday night. Blaze coach Brendan Joyce arrives for training  Thursday 13 November 2008  Pic by Andy Zakeli SPECIAL 84997

Jon Tuxworth Brendan Joyce is backed to succeed as the new Australian Opals coach.

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Opals star joins calls for equality

basketball  Australia Opals V China.  STOCK IMAGES  Kristi Harrower  180604 Tim Clayton SMh Sport SPECIALX BASKETBA ***FDCTRANSFER***

Jon Tuxworth AUSTRALIAN Opals veteran Kristi Harrower says Basketball Australia rejected the team's request to be given six business class seats to travel to the 2008 Olympics, despite the entire men's side...

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Graf stuck in limbo over Opals job as Capitals position is up

SPORT -  Canberra Capitals take on Dandenong Rangers in the WNBL at the AIS Arena Bruce, Capital's coach Carrie Graf screams instructions. Canberra                                                                                                                                                   19th January  2013.                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by, Colleen Petch of The Canberra Times

By Jon Tuxworth THE Canberra Capitals are ''very confident'' of agreeing to terms with out-of-contract coach Carrie Graf before the end of the WNBL season.

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Graf sticks with Capitals, leaving Opals

Head coach Carrie Graf of Australia watches from the bench area during the Women's Basketball quaterfinal against China on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf will today confirm she will re-sign with the WNBL club after Basketball Australia confirmed she will not renominate for the Australian Opals post.

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Canberra Capital Carley Mijovic drafted by WNBA side Washington

Retired Australian professional basketball player Luc Longley coaches Carley Mijovic of the Canberra Capitals earlier this year.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Capital Carley Mijovic has been picked by the Washington Mystics in the WNBA draft. 

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Logan Thunder WNBL demise 'disappointing': Canberra Capitals

Carly Wilson of the Capitals in action against Logan Thunder last season. The Thunder have folded, which has left south-east Queensland without a top-tier basketball side.

Jon Tuxworth Outgoing Capitals chief Tony Jackson says it is staggering that south-east Queensland will be without a top-tier basketball side.

Luc Longley praises Canberra world cup hopeful

Jon Tuxworth She has already impressed Luc Longley, now Canberra Capitals youngster Carley Mijovic wants to prove she's ready for a world cup call-up. 

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Dalgleish basketball dynasty to continue at under-18 champs

Mel Dalgleish, centre, with his daughters Brianna, left, and Alana, right.

Jon Tuxworth The latest member off the Dalgleish family's production line is hoping to continue the dynasty.

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Dante Exum could be school's grade A superstar

Dante Exum starred for Lake Ginninderra College in the 2013  national schoolboys titles.

Jon Tuxworth Olympic gold medallists, Socceroos captains and tennis grand slam winners have walked its halls, but few could match the hype surrounding Lake Ginninderra College’s next superstar graduate,...

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Sports commission to undertake major review of WNBL

Carrie Graf

Jon Tuxworth Basketball Australia has enlisted the ASC to undertake a broad review of the WNBL.

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Australian Opal Abby Bishop keen to return to Canberra Capitals after stint in Hungary

Canberra Capitals star Abby Bishop with her five-month-month old niece Zala.

Jon Tuxworth Capitals star Abby Bishop has signed to play in Hungary on a short-term contract.

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Canberra Capitals hope domestic duties will keep Abby Bishop close to home

Abby Bishop.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf is optimistic that Abby Bishop will re-sign for next season.

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Raise pay to keep players, urges Canberra Capitals skipper Jess Bibby

NEWS: Canberra Capitals L-R Jess Bibby and Natalie Hurst will co-captain the side this season..  3rd OCTOBER 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Jon Tuxworth Capitals skipper Jess Bibby insists Natalie Hurst's early exit to play in Turkey has the support of senior players.