Basketball Aust to hear Liz Cambage pitch

Basketball Australia’s (BA) board will consider a pitch by Liz Cambage to be reinstated in the Opals’ squad for next month’s Rio Olympic qualifiers.


But CEO Anthony Moore says that doesn’t mean the door has been left open for her return.

Cambage is planning to make a written submission to the board by Thursday after being dropped from the team for skipping a weekend training camp in favour of a music festival.

BA said it had given the star centre Saturday off, but needed her to attend on Sunday to get medical clearance for matches against Japan and qualifying clashes with New Zealand.

The 23-year-old, on the comeback from a ruptured achilles, argues she was fulfilling a paid job at Splendour in the Grass, to which she had committed before camp dates were locked in.

Moore has since met Cambage’s legal representatives, who requested an opportunity to outline their case.

He said while they’re entitled to do that, “it is an unusual step”.

“But they’re quite keen to provide the facts as they see it for the consideration of our board,” he told AAP on Wednesday.

“When the submission is received, we’ll convene a meeting, consider it and respond.

“I’m certainly not saying there’s an opportunity, a door ajar (for a return) … the squad has been chosen and (coach Brendan Joyce) has picked his team.

“She currently isn’t in that team, they’re not happy with that and they want to put some further reasoning and rationale in front of us in the form of a submission.”

Her move has sparked wild public debate and drawn criticism from a number of teammates.

Moore believed the whole situation had been “blown out of proportion”.

“We’re disappointed that a decision was made to miss the start of camp and, therefore, there’s a consequence,” he said.

“But the athletes have moved on.

“We made our decision on Friday and it became public on Sunday – four or five days later, it’s still going. It’s quite remarkable.”

The Opals brushed aside the drama to beat Japan on Monday by 21 points.

They play them again in Frankston on Wednesday, before rounding out the three-game warm-up series on Friday in Ballarat.

Their two-leg Oceania Championships against New Zealand then begin at Melbourne’s Rod Laver on August 15, with the winner directly qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics.