THERE is no better way to showcase brand-new Australian national team jerseys than putting four Victorians in them.
Basketball Australia launched its new national jersey design today (Friday) at the State Basketball Centre with NBA champion and #TeamVic legend Matthew Dellavedova, WNBL champion Kelsey Griffin and Paralympians Leanne Del Toso and Joshua Allison kitted out in the spectacular new gear.
Everyone from the Boomers, Opals, Rollers, Gliders all the way down to our international under-age teams will get to wear the new-look Peak jerseys, with our Australian green and gold honed and enhanced.
Matthew Dellavedova was thrilled to don the green and gold – even if it was only for the press conference – and looked forward to getting back into the Boomers’ colours.
“Very excited about the new uniforms with Peak and Basketball Australia,” Dellavedova said.
“I was really excited when I first saw these – reminds me of the old school Boomers I grew up watching as a kid and dreaming that I’d one day hopefully be able to pull on.
“I’m really excited about it and I think the boys will be as well.
“It’s going to be interesting watching (The FIBA Asia Cup) – obviously we can’t make a few of the qualifiers but we’re in great hands… and everyone was all in and just to pull on the green and gold is such a big honour for everyone.”
Bendigo Spirit and Australian star Kelsey Griffin – fresh off her MVP and All Star Five performance at the FIBA Asia Cup in India last week – was thrilled to see the new uniforms and hopefully get a chance to represent Australia in it in the future.
“This is my first time putting it on and the material – that was the first thing I noticed, it feels really good, feels really nice,” Griffin said. “We’re going to get to play in it all over the world and to be able to play in different climates with this material I think is going to be awesome and the look is great.
“Playing and representing this amazing country was always going to be icing on the cake – and then it happened and when it came to fruition at the end of June when I was selected to go to the camp.
— Basketball Victoria (@Basketball_Vic) August 3, 2017
“Even when I was flying back on the plane I couldn’t believe it and even heading over to India I couldn’t believe it – to get to play with such a great group of people and represent such a great country was just something I could never have dreamed of – to have my parents there and my partner there supporting me was surreal.”
The new jerseys will be in action this week at the FIBA Asia Cup with our Australian Boomers set to battle the best in the region in the new look uniforms.
Also set to don the new jersey will be our under-16s, on on the back of the Under-16 selection squads for the Sapphires and Crocs with The Australian Sapphires and Crocs Selection Camp Squad for the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Asia Cup. 16 Victorians have been invited to the initial camp – running from September 4-6 at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Canberra.
SAPPHIRES SELECTION SQUAD
George Amoore Vic Country
Isobel Anstey Vic Metro
Agnes Emma-Nnopou Vic Country
Eliza Hollingsworth Vic Metro
Jade Melbourne Vic Country
Last-Tear Poa Vic Metro
Olivia Pollerd Vic Country
Gemma Potter Vic Metro
Erin Riley Vic Metro
CROCS SELECTION SQUAD
Leyi Adebayo Vic Metro
Joel Capatola Vic Metro
Liam Herbert Vic Country
Jay Rantall Vic Country
Paul Tsapatolis Vic Metro
Kobe Williamson Vic Metro
Josh Woodford Vic Metro