THEY weren’t quite able to match the might of the United States, but the Opals’ bronze medal in the women’s basketball was testament to the outstanding tournament they played.
Port Phillip was represented by Samantha Richards, from Elwood, who had eight rebounds, 21 assists and 26 points for the tournament. Her best game was a preliminary match against Great Britain, when she had two rebounds, four assists and eight points in the Opals’ 74-58 win.
The Opals went all the way to the bronze medal match, knocking off China in the quarter-final but losing to United States in the semi. They won bronze with a 83-74 victory over Russia.
The bronze medal was Richards’ first, having made her Olympic debut in London. It will surely now stand as the highlight of her career so far.