Sandy Brondello

1968 -

Sandra ‘Sandy’ Brondello proved herself one of the finest shooters in women’s basketball. Her offensive ability, especially from behind the three-point arc, and strong defence made her a valuable presence on the Opals team for more than 15 years. A guard, she represented Australia at four Olympics, winning three medals: bronze in 1996 and silver in 2000 and 2004. Brondello made her Olympic debut as a 20-year-old in 1988 where Australia placed fourth. The team did not participate in 1992. When the Opals returned to the Games in 1996, Brondello and team-mates had matured into one of the best units in the world. The 1996 bronze was the first medal won by Australia in the sport, and commenced a remarkable medals run at future Games. Brondello has stayed involved with the sport as a coach.

Olympic Results

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Women
Preliminaries Group A - Match 01 - AUS V NGR HT: 46-32 NGR 85-73 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 18 - RUS V AUS HT: 33-36 RUS 56-75 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 26 - JPN V AUS HT: 35-56 JPN 78-97 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 41 - AUS V GRE HT: 39-21 GRE 77-40 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 51 - BRA V AUS HT: 35-40 BRA 66-84 Win
Quarterfinals HT: 45-31 NZL 94-55 Win
Semifinals HT: 36-42 BRA 75-88 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 29-26 USA 74-63 Loss  
Final Placing 2 / 12

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Women
Preliminaries Group A - Match 04 - CAN V AUS HT: 19-40 CAN 46-78 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 18 - AUS V BRA HT: 39-36 BRA 81-70 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 30 - AUS V SVK HT: 41-19 SVK 70-47 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 41 - SEN V AUS HT: 18-55 SEN 39-96 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 52 - FRA V AUS HT: 28-38 FRA 62-69 Win
Quarter Final HT: 43-28 POL 76-48 Win
Semi Final HT: 27-36 BRA 52-64 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 43-30 USA 76-54 Loss  
Final Placing 2 / 12

Atlanta 1996 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Women
Preliminaries Group B - KOR V AUS HT: 37-34 KOR 61-76 Win
Preliminaries Group B - AUS V ZAI HT: 55-22 ZAI 91-45 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - CUB V AUS HT: 22-36 CUB 63-75 Win
Preliminaries Group B - AUS V USA HT: 43-46 USA 79-96 Loss
Preliminaries Group B - UKR V AUS HT: 29-29 UKR 54-48 Loss
Quarter Final HT: 38-38 RUS 70-74 Win
Semi Final HT: 32-47 USA 71-93 Loss
Bronze Final HT: 24-33 UKR 56-66 Win  
Final Placing 3 / 12

Seoul 1988 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Women
Preliminaries Group A - Match 06 - AUS V URS HT: 30-30, FT: 60-48 URS 60-48 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 02 - AUS V KOR HT: 20-41, FT: 55-91 KOR 55-91 Loss
Semi Final HT: 30-32, FT: 56-57 YUG 56-57 Loss
Bronze Final HT: 21-32, FT: 53-68 URS 53-68 Loss
Preliminaries Group A - Match 04 - AUS V BUL HT: 31-30, FT: 63-57 BUL 63-57 Win
Final Placing 4 / 8