Amoore makes squad’s first cut

Ballarat Rush young gun Georgia Amoore is a step closer to representing the country, remaining on the Australian Sapphires’ squad after it was narrowed to 16 players ahead of the FIBA Under-17 World Cup. 

FINAL 16: Georgia Amoore is a step closer to representing Australia on the world stage. Picture: FIBA

FINAL 16: Georgia Amoore is a step closer to representing Australia on the world stage. Picture: FIBA

It comes after Amoore attended a selection camp at the Centre of Excellence. She will now attend a second camp from June 1-4 before the final team is announced. 

The players will then have a month and a half to prepare for the World Cup, which will be held in Minsk, Belarus, from July 21-29. 

The Sapphires will be aiming to defend their inaugural gold medal from two years ago when they defeated Italy in the final, following a victory against United States in the semi-final, which had not been previously defeated in tournament history. 

The Sapphires, ranked seventh in the world, will take on Angola (ranked 34th), Latvia (24th) and Canada (fourth) in the group stage, before advancing to the round of 16 with the knockout stage to commence after that.