The Australian Gliders have landed in Colorado Springs for their final pre-World Championship tour with a six-game series scheduled against the Netherlands, Canada and the USA.

The American tour follows international series against Germany and a visit to Japan over the past few months, with the Gliders gearing up for the World Championships to be held from August 16-26 in Hamburg, Germany.

The six-game series will also give coach David Gould the last chance to see the team compete in international competition before the final team is announced this week.

At the 2014 IWBF World Championships the Netherlands and the USA battled for the bronze medal, while Canada are five-time gold medallists as well as being the reigning champions, so the Gliders will have a good sense of what will be required to return to the podium once this tour is complete.

The Australian Gliders team for USA tour:

Name Classification
Shelley Chaplin 3.5
Cobi Crispin 4.0
Shelley Cronau 2.5
Leanne Del Toso 3.5
Hannah Dodd 1.0
Kylie Gauci 2.0
Annabelle Lindsay 4.5
Amber Merritt 4.5
Georgia Munro-Cook 4.5
Clare Nott 1.0
Ella Sabljak 1.0
Sarah Vinci 1.0
Staff Role
David Gould Head Coach
Stephen Charlton Assistant Coach
Craig Campbell Assistant/Technical Coach
Anna Rich Physiotherapist
Cathy Lambert Team Manager
Karen Haddad Team Psychologist

The Australian Gliders schedule for USA tour (all times AEST):

June 28
Gliders vs. Netherlands at 12am
Gliders vs. Canada at 9am

June 29
Gliders vs. USA at 1:30am
Gliders vs. Netherlands at 9am

June 30
Gliders vs. Canada at 12am
Gliders vs. USA at 10:30am

By Basketball Australia
Posted: 27/06/2018