Head Coach Megan Simpson has declared New South Wales is ready to contest the 2015 21/U National Netball Championships next week on the Sunshine Coast.
The competition will see the best emerging elite netballers from around the country go head-to-head from Tuesday 10 to Sunday 15 March at Caloundra Indoor Stadium, and Simpson admits after weeks of intense preparations her charges are ready.
“We’ve certainly had a lot of match play in the last couple of weeks against some strong teams, so it’s been a really great opportunity for us to put out our combinations and test the girls in pressured environments,” Simpson told NetballNSWTV.
The NSW 21/U Team – led by 2014 Nance Kenny OAM Medal recipient Kaitlyn Bryce as Captain – will open their campaign on Tuesday when they take on Tasmania at 9:40am (local time), who return to the tournament after not participating in 2014.
While the team’s training sessions have had an inner focus, Simpson admits there will be plenty of strong opposition for NSW at the 2015 tournament.
“Victoria are always very strong [and] always very physical so I would expect nothing less from them this year,” Simpson predicated.
“[South Australia] have [retained] the nucleus of the team that won the competition last year and they were certainly stand-out performers at Nationals in 2014, so we expect them to be very strong.
“Queensland have some great depth as well with players who have had ANZ Championship experience, and then always [there are] dark horses, such as Western Australia, who give us a great run for our money.”
However despite the task at hand, Simpson strongly believes NSW have the talent and depth to feature strongly during the Finals at the end of the week.
“We certainly always aim [to win the Championships] and we go in with the best preparation that we possibly can. But you know it’s a tough week; there’s two games a day and it will all really be dictated by who can perform at the latter end of the week,” Simpson concluded.
Watch the full NetballNSWTV interview with Megan Simpson below;
|2015 21/U National Netball Championships – NSW Draw|
|Tues 10 Mar||Rd 1||9:40am*||TAS v NSW|
|Rd 2||3:00pm||VIC v NSW|
|Wed 11 Mar||Rd 3||9:40am||NSW v ACT|
|Rd 4||4:40pm||NSW v QLD|
|Thurs 12 Mar||Rd 5||1:00pm||WA v NSW|
|Rd 6||8:00pm||NSW v SA|
|Fri 13 Mar||Rd 7||8:00am||NSW v NT|
|Sat 14 Mar||Semi Finals||8:00am||PO 1: 5 v 8|
|9:40am||PO 2: 6 v 7|
|11:20pm||SF 1: 1 v 4|
|1:00pm||SF 2: 2 v 3|
|Sun 15 Mar||Finals||8:00am||Loser PO 1 v Loser PO 2|
|9:40am||Winner PO 1 v Winner PO 2|
|11:20am||Third Place Playoff: Loser SF 1 v Loser SF 2|
|1:00pm||Grand Final: Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2|
*Times shown are local (Sunshine Coast)