Tessa Lavey to juggle WNBL, AFLW with one eye on Tokyo Olympics

Australian Opals point watch and new Richmond AFLW draftee Tessa Lavey is certain she can effectively shuffle her two games and fight for choice at the following year’s Olympic Games.

The Tigers chose Lavey with pick No.43 in Tuesday’s draft and she will play for Bendigo in following month’s WNBL season prior to taking an interest in the 2021 AFLW rivalry. However, she is as yet looking at off a spot in Tokyo.

“It’s an objective of mine – I’ve been to Rio (2016) and I truly delighted in that insight and that is something with this gathering of Opals that I need to be a piece of,” Lavey said.

“However, saying this doesn’t imply that that I must try sincerely and truly attempt and make this work. In any case, Basketball Australia and (I have) spoken and we will attempt to make it function however much as could reasonably be expected.”

Lavey wasn’t sure what might occur if her AFLW and ball responsibilities conflicted one year from now however said Opals mentor Sandy Brondello had been “exceptionally steady” of her choice to seek after two games.

She will skirt the beginning of AFLW pre-season, with WNBL responsibilities starting one week from now. Lavey and Richmond partner Monique Conti then face fourteen days’ isolate before the WNBL season in the north Queensland bubble.

Conti, who quit Melbourne Boomers in January to zero in on AFLW, is yet to declare her WNBL club yet has been preparing with Southside Flyers.

“I can’t talk for Mon’s benefit, yet we knew coming into this that we’d need to change the manner in which we go about pre-season with AFLW,” Lavey said.

“I’d spoken with the Bendigo Spirit actually intently and I just consoled them that I wasn’t going to be going anyplace – that I was playing the WNBL season. At the point when we’re off in the air pocket, I think possibly Mon and I will do some additional stuff, just to prepare sure we’re to go come January or end of December.”

Lavey trusted her AFLW wellness preparing would profit her b-ball and wasn’t worried about possible analysis from the b-ball network.

“There will be individuals that will have their own sentiments on what I ought to and shouldn’t do in my life yet it’s up to me eventually,” she said. “On the off chance that that is going to fulfill me, if it’s something that I’ve needed to accomplish for some time, I believe it’s great.”

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