Australia have been drawn alongside South Africa, Barbados, Singapore and Zimbabwe in Pool B for next year’s Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana.
The squad, which was announced in August, will have plenty of New South Wales talent with Toni Anderson (Sutherland Shire & GIANTS Netball), Kiera Austin (Eastwood Ryde, pictured), Prudence Ellis (Blacktown City) and Claire O’Brien (St George & NSW Swifts) all selected.
The Aussies will travel to Gaborone, Botswana in July to contest the competition alongside 20 teams from all over the world, the last of which just secured their places in recent qualifiers.
In the other pools New Zealand headline Pool A while Jamaica are the standout side in Pool C with England the big name in Pool D.
The Netball World Youth Cup is a major stepping-stone on the national pathway. Five current Diamonds, including NSW’s Kim Ravaillion, Paige Hadley and Gabi Simpson, were members of the 2013 Netball World Youth Cup Team.
INF President, the Honourable Molly Rhone, OJ, CD, expressed her excitement about the 2017 tournament after the draw was made over the weekend.
“One of the key strategies for the International Netball Federation over the next four years is to ensure our audiences, fans, teams and broadcasters enjoy thrilling world class events,” she said.
“I have no doubt that Botswana will make this a truly spectacular event.
“I am also certain this event will enthuse and inspire more young people to play our great sport and leave a lasting legacy, which will grow and develop netball and create an even further positive impact on many young people and their communities.”
Speaking when announcing her squad in August, Australia coach Tania Obst said she was very excited about the potential in her players.
“We’ve been watching this group of athletes for a number of years through the national underage pathway and have taken into account this year’s National Championships, Australian Netball League, ANZ Championship and the recent 20/U International Netball Series,” she said.
“We have a really good connection with the institute coaches and are looking forward to continuing to work with them on our athletes’ development through their individual athlete performance plans.”
Athletes will continue to train in their home environments, before meeting at Netball Australia’s Centre of Excellence for a five-day camp in November.
2017 Netball World Youth Cup Pools
Pool A: New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Samoa
Pool B: Australia, South Africa, Barbados, Singapore, Zimbabwe
Pool C: Jamaica, Botswana, Cook Islands, Malaysia, Uganda
Pool D: England, Fiji, Trinidad & Tobago, Wales, Grenada