Basketball: Katie Ebzery, Damian Martin make Australian teams for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

IN: Katie Ebzery. Picture: Marina Neil
IN: Katie Ebzery. Picture: Marina Neil

Hunter products Katie Ebzery and Damian Martin were named on Wednesday in Australian basketball teams for next month’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Ebzery and Martin retained their positions in the Opals and Boomers squads respectively following maiden Olympic campaigns in Rio in 2016.  

It will be the first time the sport has featured at a Commonwealth Games since debuting in Melbourne 12 years ago.

Australia won gold medals on that occasion in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

Fellow Novocastrian Suzy Batkovic wasn’t listed at the midweek announcement.

The 37-year-old is playing professionally with French outfit Lattes Montpellier fresh from claiming an unprecedented sixth MVP award in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) and a third national title in four seasons with Townsville.  

Batkovic was set to comeback for the Opals after missing the 2016 Rio Olympics, but opted to take up the European contract.  

Opals – Stephanie Blicavs, Elizabeth Cambage, Katie Ebzery, Cayla George, Kelsey Griffin, Alice Kunek, Tessa Lavey, Eziyoda Magbegor, Jenna O’Hea, Nicole Seekamp, Belinda Snell, Stephanie Talbot.

Boomers – Angus Brandt, Jason Cadee, Mitchell Creek, Cameron Gliddon, Christopher Goulding, Matthew Hodgson, Nicholas Kay, Daniel Kickert, Damian Martin, Brad Newly, Nathan Sobey, Jesse Wagstaff.