Australian Opals set for Ballarat exhibition match

Two of Australia’s biggest names in women’s basketball Liz Cambage and Kelsey Griffin will grace the Minerdome next month in an exhibition match between Melbourne Boomers and Bendigo Spirit.

Cambage, who was a key player in the Australian Opals’ Olympics campaign, has returned to play with the Women’s National Basketball League’s Boomers after playing in China, while she is now eyeing a return to the USA’s Women’s National Basketball Association.

Liz Cambage

Liz Cambage

Spirits’ Griffin has also played in the WNBA, Euro League as well as Israel while also representing the Opals at Rio’s Olympics.

The match will be played on Friday, September 22.

Basketball Ballarat CEO Peter Eddy said it was huge from the region and extremely exciting for Basketball Ballarat to have two players of the ilk of Cambage and Griffin in town.

“We will have players here that are international superstars of the game and tickets will be in strong demand,” Eddy said.

Cambage has taken a break from the game since the 2016 Olympics and is sighting Ballarat’s exhibition match, which will accompany a community camp, as a key part in her return to basketball. The 203cm centre is sure to attract a crowd.

As will Griffin, who has starred in the WBNL for Bendigo, leading her team to two championships, including a grand final MVP performance.

Born in Alaska, Australian citizenship allowed her to play for Australia in the 2016 Olympics.

We will have players here that are international superstars.

Basketball Ballarat CEO Peter Eddy
Kelsey Griffin

Kelsey Griffin