The NSW 21/U team will make the trip down the Hume Highway to Canberra to contest the 21/U National Netball Championships this week, Tuesday 12 to Sunday 17 March, at Lyneham Netball Courts.
Led by Head Coach Maria Lynch and Captain Alix McDermott, the team will embark on a round robin-style competition against some of the best young talent from around the country.
In her fourth year at the helm of the team, Lynch says the team are excited to finally put their preparations behind them and leave everything out on court.
“It’s been a different preparation than previous years. This time we are coming off a summer pre-season with no netball having been played, but the girls are fresh and raring to go,” Lynch said.
“We have a different group of girls who come without the expectations of previous years. Other states won’t know a lot about us which is a good thing heading into Nationals.”
With a mixture of experienced and fresh faces, Lynch said the team will concentrate on the basics throughout the tournament.
“We will just take one game at a time and aim to do the best we can … improve, work on the basics and to build on those each game,” said Lynch.
“NSW players have really high standards and the girls are really proud to represent their state. Time will tell when we get to Nationals how our preparations have gone, but we are really excited to get started.”
After seven rounds, the teams will contest the finals over the weekend, with the Champions crowned after the Grand Final match on Sunday 17 March.
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NSW 2013 21/U National Netball Championships Schedule:
Round 1: 10:30am Tuesday 12 March – NSW v ACT
Round 2: 6:30pm Tuesday 12 March – NSW v WA
Round 3: 12:00pm Wednesday 13 March – NSW v SA
Round 4: Bye
Round 5: 10:30am Thursday 14 March – NSW v NT
Round 6: 8:00pm Thursday 14 March – NSW v VIC
Round 7: 1:00pm Friday 15 March – NSW v QLD
Semi Finals: Saturday 16 March
10:00am 6 v 7
11:30am 1 v 4
1:00pm 2 v 3
Finals: Sunday 17 March
10:00am 5 v (winner 6 v 7)
11:30am (Loser 1 v 2) v (Loser 2 v 3)
1:00pm (Winner 1 v 4) v (Winner 2 v 3)
2013 NSW 21/U TEAM: Kristina Brice, Kaitlyn Bryce, Taylah Davies, Gemma Ferrington, Sophie Halpin (VC), Karli Ireland, Emilee Lang, Katie Maguire, Kristiana Manu’a, Alix McDermott (C), Emma Turner, Donnay van Taak
Head Coach: Maria Lynch
Assistant Coach: Dianne Brown
Team Manager: Jaqua Heddle