NSW youngsters named for Fiji Tour

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Netball Australia has today confirmed the 14-strong Australian 21/U Team who will tour Fiji in January 2017.

NSW athletes Toni Anderson*, Rudi Ellis, Claire O’Brien (pictured) and Jamie-Lee Price have been included in the team which will contest the friendly tournament as part of Australia’s 2017 Netball World Youth Cup preparations.

The team was named by Australian World Youth Cup Coach (and GIANTS Netball Assistant Coach) Tania Obst, alongside national selector Jill McIntosh and Netball Australia’s National Pathway Manager Stacey West, following a selection camp at Netball Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Canberra, where all 21 athletes in the extended 21/U squad were in attendance.

For Obst, the selection camp in Canberra provided an opportunity for national selectors to work with the players, but just as significantly, provided an opportunity for the players to build connection among themselves.

“Last week we threw different challenges at them and the whole squad responded really well.

“Their ability to connect with each other on and off the court was really pleasing and will service us well heading into Fiji, before Botswana in July,” said Obst.

The team of 14, alongside national coaches and selectors will travel to Fiji in mid-January for a friendly tournament spanning four days, where they will take part in games against Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa.

“Fiji will offer more international match play experience as well as an opportunity for the girls to build on the on-court connections put into place on camp.”

The final 2017 Australian Netball World Youth Cup squad will be named in April, taking into account performances from Fiji, as well as performances in the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) and the Australian Netball League (ANL). Final team selection will take place in May to determine the players who will travel to Gaborone, Botswana in July for the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup.

Coaches have seen new layers of intricacy added to the National 21/U players moving into the inaugural SSN in February next year, with a large majority of the team contracted to SSN teams or listed as training partners.

“I have seen a growth in maturity in the girls in managing those complexities,” said Obst.

“The ability to be training with the best netballers in the world is only going to enhance our national programs and national pathway in the future.”

2017 Australian Fiji Tour Squad Netball World Youth Cup squad

Toni ANDERSON* – NSW/GIANTS Netball
Jessica ANSTISS – WA/West Coast Fever
Kate EDDY – VIC/Melbourne Vixens Training Partners
Rudi ELLIS – NSW
Sophie GARBIN – WA
Matilda GARRETT – VIC/Magpies Netball Training Partner
Sasha GLASGOW – SA
Samantha GOODEN – VIC/Magpies Netball Training Partner
Annika LEE-JONES – WA/West Coast Fever
Claire O’BRIEN – NSW/NSW Swifts
Hannah PETTY – SA/Adelaide Thunderbirds
Jamie-Lee PRICE – NSW/GIANTS Netball
Emma RYDE – VIC/Melbourne Vixens
Alice TEAGUE-NEELD – VIC/Magpies Netball
*Subject to medical clearance

2017 Fiji Tour – AUS Fixtures
Wed 11 Jan 6:40pm Fiji v Australia
Thurs 12 Jan 6:40pm NZ v Australia
Fri 13 Jan 4:00pm Australia v Samoa
Sat 14 Jan 4:00pm

6:40pm

3 v 4 Play-off

1 v 2 Play-off

 

Netball Australia thanks the Australian Commonwealth Games Association – through its NextGEN AUSComGames squad program – for its support of the 2016-17 Australian Netball World Youth Cup Squad.