Introducing 17/U Captains – Georgia and Lauren!

Head Coach Lenore Blades has announced Georgia Marshall as Captain and Lauren Yager as Vice-Captain of the NSW 17/U Team ahead of the 2013 17/U National Netball Championships.

The duo will lead the squad as they take on the best young netball talent from around the country at the 2013 17/U National Netball Championships in Darwin from Monday 8 to Saturday 13 April, 2013.

16 year old Marshall, from Belrose, returns to the NSW 17/U Team after running out with the Championship winning side during last year’s Nationals tournament.  The shooter has gained valuable experience since last season after making her debut with the Netball NSW Blues during the 2012 Australian Netball League.

Supporting Marshall is 17 year old Yager, from Varroville, who also returns after being part of the 2012 17/U National Netball Champion side.  Originally from Lismore, Yager has relocated to Sydney to join Sutherland Shire Division Two DOOLEYS State League team this season.

Her second year at the helm of the NSW 17/U Team, Head Coach Lenore Blades said she had the ultimate faith in her leadership duo.                                                                                                                                                                     

“Both Georgia and Lauren are returning players to the 17/U State Team after being involved with our successful side from last year, so they know what to expect,” Blades said.

“But the girls weren’t just chosen because they are returning; they show maturity, not just on the court, but also with the group off the court which is a really valuable asset.”

“The coaching staff asked for input from the playing group on who they would prefer as Captains, and Georgia and Lauren were a clear preference … I thinks it shows a clear respect for them from their teammates, and shows the leadership qualities they have with the group.”

“I’m very proud to announce Georgia and Lauren as our Captains and looking forward to Nationals next week,” concluded Blades.

The NSW 17/U Team kick-off their Nationals Championshipscampaign against Western Australia at Darwin Basketball Association on Monday 8 April at 11.00am.

NSW 2013 17/U National Netball Championships Schedule:
Round 1: 11.00am Monday 8 April – NSW v WA (DBA)
Round 2: 6.30pm Monday 8 April – NSW v SA (DBA)
Round 3: 11.00am Tuesday 9 April – NSW v NT (MIS)
Round 4: 6.30pm Tuesday 9 April – NSW v VIC (MIS)
Round 5: 11.00am Wednesday 10 April – NSW v ACT (DBA)
Round 6: 8.00pm Wednesday 10 April – NSW v QLD (DBA)
Round 7: 12.30pm Thursday 11 April – NSW v TAS (MIS)
Semi Finals: Friday 12 April (DBA & MIS)
Grand Final: Saturday 13 April (DBA & MIS)
MIS – Marrara Indoor Stadium
DBA – Darwin Basketball Association

View the full draw

2013 NSW 17/U TEAM
Toni Anderson
Charlotte Jasprizza
Cristy Linaker
Georgia Marshall (c) 
Madeleine McCathie   
Elyssa Pierce
Braeden Quince
Cassandra Radford  
Jade Riley 
Natasha Stratchan  
Ashley Valeni      
Lauren Yager (vc)   
Head Coach: Lenore Blades
Assistant Coach: Colleen Mitchell
Team Manager: Narelle Stokes

Follow NSW’s progress at the tournament by tuning into netballnsw.com to read match reports and exclusive interviews with the players and officials.

Stay up to date with live scores, photos, match reports, plus much more by ‘Liking’ Netball NSW on Facebook – facebook.com/OfficialNetballNSW.  You can also check out behind-the-scenes photos via Instagram @netballnsw