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The lack of long-term familiarity — players tend to come and go in both the men’s and women’s national team program — has been a problem for Canada Basketball for more than a decade; having this group of women used to playing with each other can only help.
“It’s really quite amazing,” McNeill said in a telephone interview. “It’s been great to keep this group mainly together, we’ve been able to move quite quickly; they have a real feel for each other.”
Canada Basketball officials have put together an excellent exhibition season to give the team the best chance to qualify.
The women will play a three-game series against China — fourth place finishers at the 2008 Olympics — May 16-18 in British Columbia and will scrimmage against the WNBA’s Seattle Storm in late May. After a brief training camp in Toronto, they’ll be off to Scotland to face Britain and then to a tournament with France, Czech Republic and Croatia in Lyon, France, in mid-June.
“We play a lot against boys’ teams and it’s okay but it’s just different playing against women’s teams,” said McNeill. “China’s already qualified for the Olympics so that’ll be good, we don’t get to play WNBA teams at all and that will be good for us.
“We’ve been able to put together a really good training camp and domestic schedule.”
Having built towards this summer since the core group first got together before the 2006 world championships, there is a sense of responsibility around the team. They know it is a long time between Olympics and with a group that’s not really old but one that’s been pointing to London for more than half a decade, there is a sense of urgency.
A handful of this year’s team won’t likely be playing when the chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympics comes around and while there is a good group of teens coming up, this is the one final shot for many of the women.
“We know what’s ahead, I know we don’t think about it all the time but we did say we have to get to this one to set the gold standard for the future,” said McNeill.


He finds many of his female members are determined to meet only men who are tall, attractive, wealthy and well educated. They want the alpha males. ”Most of the professional women rarely give out ‘yes’ votes to men who aren’t similarly successful,” reports Parfitt, who struggles to attract enough of these successful men to his speed-dating events. Sixty per cent of his members are female. Most are over 30.

During their 20s, women compete for the most highly desirable men, the Mr Bigs. Many will readily share a bed with the sporty, attractive, confident men, while ordinary men miss out. As Whiskey puts it at ”Joe Average Beta Male is about as desirable to women as a cold bowl of oatmeal.”

Data from American colleges show 20 per cent of males – the most attractive ones – get 80 per cent of the sex, according to an analysis by Susan Walsh, a former management consultant who wrote about the issue on her dating website,

That leaves a lot of beta men spending their 20s out in the cold. Greg, a 38-year-old writer from Melbourne, started adult life shy and lonely. ”In my 20s, the women had the total upper hand. They could make or break you with one look in a club or bar. They had the choice of men, sex was on tap and guys like me went home alone, red-faced, defeated and embarrassed. The girls only wanted to go for the cool guys, good looks, outgoing personalities, money, sporty types, the kind of guys who owned the room, while us quiet ones got ignored.”