As they begin a rebuilding phase ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, a new-look Australian Gliders outfit has completed the 2019 Osaka Cup in Japan.
Taking on the current world champions, the Netherlands, the silver medallists from last year’s World Championships, Great Britain, as well as the host nation, Japan, the Gliders were unable to come away with a win during the tournament.
However, with the Osaka Cup being the first step for the Gliders in their 2019 campaign, the time spent on court will prove just as valuable as any results, as they aim towards qualifying through the Asia-Oceania zone for Tokyo 2020.
Amber Merritt paced Australia at the offensive end through the first two games, averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, before Annabelle Lindsay took over with 9.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Hannah Dodd also enjoyed a productive weekend with eight points per game, Georgia Munro-Cook led them with 3.5 assists, and the likes of Teisha Shadwell and Mary Friday recorded their first points as Gliders.
By Basketball Australia
Photo with thanks to MSSP Michael Schwartz / Uli Gasper