Spirit stars named in Opals squad

BENDIGO Spirit stars Gabe Richards and Kelly Wilson have been named to take part in an Opals training camp later this month.

The WNBL championship duo will fly to the Gold Coast for the camp which begins on April 13. 

Bendigo Lady Braves recruit Alex Bunton was also selected in the Australian squad. 

Opals head coach Brendan Joyce reduced the squad after last week's camp at the Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence in Canberra. 

Joyce said centre Alex Bunton had impressed Opals coaching staff during last month's camp.

“The decisions were tough to make, but everyone who has been included for the Gold Coast camp has been so for a reason,” Joyce said.

“Particularly with the young players we see a lot of potential and certainly the door is open for them to make the world championship team.”

Joyce said said having the chance to work with the team for another period of time would ensure there was no drop-off in the squad's training intensity. 

“By changing up the environment as part of our preparations for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women we can keep things fresh and keep the players engaged through this period of the campaign," he said.

“We’re in a really fortunate position to be coming to the Gold Coast: we get to bring the players into an environment where the climate is great for recovery and the facilities are world class." 

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