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Basketball - 06. May 2008.

AUS - Chinese Taipei women headed Down Under

SYDNEY (Friendly Games) - Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the twelve athletes selected to represent the Australian Defence Force Opals in a three-game series against the Chinese Taipei women's basketball team in May.

After three wins in six games and a bronze medal at the 'Good Luck Beijing' test event in China last month, four changes have been made to Australia's playing roster.

Acting captain Tully Bevilaqua has departed to play in America's WNBA for the Indiana Fever but remains in contention for Beijing while recent tourists Michelle Brogan, Renae Camino and Emily McInerny have not been re-selected.

World Champion Opal Jenni Screen has returned from Italy and is included in the lineup along with 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Carly Wilson and point guards Kathleen McLeod and Samantha Richards, who have been given another chance to showcase their skills.

"These games will play a vital role in the Opals' lead up to Beijing," Basketball Australia Chief Executive Scott Derwin said.

"The team for Beijing is not set in stone at this stage and athletes will be doing their best to obtain selection, so we're hoping for some high quality competition."

Chinese Taipei, ranked 22nd in the world, will arrive in Australia on May 15 and play warm up matches on tour against the Sydney Uni Flames and the Australian Under-19 women's team in advance of the ADF Opals games.

Chinese Taipei is gearing up for the Pre-Olympic Qualification Tournament to be held in Madrid from June 9-15.

The three-game series between the Australian Defence Force Opals and Chinese Taipei will take place at Bridgecoast Stadium in Terrigal (02 4385 3577) on May 22, 23 and 24. Tickets will be available at the door on the night (Adults $10, Children $5; Family $25).

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