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Wilson and Snell star for Opals

LOCAL basketballers Kelly Wilson and Belinda Snell have helped the Australian Women’s team, the Opals, to a place in the 2014 FIBA World Championships.

Mirboo North’s Belinda Snell. Photo credit MVP Photography.

Mirboo North’s Belinda Snell. Photo credit MVP Photography.

Wilson and Snell, who hail from Leongatha and Mirboo North respectively, both played vital roles in the FIBA Oceania Championship last weekend in Auckland and Canberra.
The Opals had two games up against the New Zealand Tall Ferns and came out on top in both.
Wilson had a slow but effective game in the first round only scoring two points but playing a team game with rebounds on both the offensive and defensive ends.
Snell was also having an interesting game in the first with only two successful shots out of nine attempts. Despite this the girls came home with a 16 point win.
The second game was a different story with the local girls finding their feet.
Olympian Snell came out firing shooting quickly for the Opals. She put down 17 points for Australia including five huge three point shots.
Wilson was in the groove putting in the most time on the court for her whole team with almost 28 minutes of game time on the floor. She managed two buckets from beyond the arc and two from close range to give her 10 points for the game.
Wilson also showed her rebounding strength claiming six for the game.
Bob Wilson, Kelly’s father is very proud of his daughter.
“Obviously a proud dad and very proud that we have two South Gippsland girls in the national team,” he said.

 

Leongatha’s Kelly Wilson. Photo credit MVP Photography.

Leongatha’s Kelly Wilson. Photo credit MVP Photography.

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