Comments: 0MELBOURNE (FIBA U19 World Championship Women) - Basketball Australia can announce the athletes selected to represent Australiaa€™s Under-19 womena€™s basketball team, the Gems, on a tour of France.
The Gems will contest a tournament in Reze (June 4-7) against Belgium, Russia and Turkey and a tournament in Fougeres (June 11-13) against China, Lithuania and France before returning to Australia on June 16th. The team was selected in the days following last weeka€™s training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport and will depart for France on June 1st. The tour is part of the teama€™s preparation for the 2009 FIBA Under-19 Womena€™s World Championship to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from July 23 to August 2. The touring team is primarily made up of athletes from the Australian Institute of Sport, with Victoriaa€™s Rebecca Allen and Queenslanda€™s Gretel Tippett the exceptions, and contains seven athletes from Victoria.
Australia placed fifth at the 2007 FIBA Under-19 Womena€™s World Championship with a 7 win, 2 loss record. Subscribe to our daily newsletter and get the latest basketball news directly into your mailbox.

India’s fearsome twosome of Geethu Anna Jose and Anitha Paul Durai – forever teammates in Southern Railway, Indian Railways, and the Indian National team – again joined forces, but this time in foreign shores. Geethu and Anitha were both signed on a one-month contract to play for the Sripatum University in Bangkok in a women’s professional basketball league in Thailand.
The league is now nearing its end, and the finale, according to Anitha, is set to be held on Sunday, August 19th.
Geethu and Anitha were both signed on a one-month contract to play for the Sripatum University in Bangkok in a women?s professional basketball league in Thailand. Geethu (27) and Anitha (27) were offered the contract to play in Thailand after their impressive showing at the 3rd Asian Beach Games in China, where they led India’s 3×3 basketball squad to an improbable gold medal win, going undefeated throughout the championship and defeating heavily-favoured China in the final.
6 foot 2 Center Geethu, from Kerala, has already made a mark in international basketball over the years. Considered to be one of the greatest women’s basketball players in Indian history, she was the first Indian player to play abroad professionally when she spent several years in the Australian basketball leagues.

A year ago, Geethu also became the first ever Indian player to be offered a trial with teams from the WNBA. Tamil Nadu’s Anitha has been Geethu’s constant running mate for the Chennai-based club Southern Railway and for Indian Railways for nearly a decade.
Thailand usually hovers below India in international basketball rankings, but it seems that at least they have a functioning professional league.
Hopefully the day is near when star players like Geethu and Anitha – and other deserving hoopsters in India – can play in a professional league back home.

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