Unbeaten tour for Aussie 21s in Fiji

The Australian 21/U side enjoyed a fine tour of Fiji last week, returning with four wins from four in the buildup to the Netball Youth World Cup in Botswana later this year.

The squad, which included four NSW representatives in Toni Anderson, Rudi Ellis, Claire O’Brien and Jamie-Lee Price (pictured), started the campaign with a 69-33 win over their Fijian hosts before being pushed 56-40 by New Zealand.

The Aussies were far too strong for Samoa in Game 3, beating them 81-18, before a strong second half was enough to beat the Kiwis for a second time – 52-43.

Australian coach Tania Obst said she was happy with the team’s overall performance, especially against New Zealand in the final game.

“It was a great game and our intention was to come out and try some different combinations and make some changes in every quarter,” she told The Fiji Times.

“I was really pleased with the way the girls stuck in the game. We were reckless in our defence and we were probably little bit inconsistent in our attack.

“Our performances really improved throughout the tournament. The girls will go back to their clubs now and they will play in the competition back home and the we will re-select the squad again.”

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 competition and the Australian Netball League.

Final team selection will take place in May to determine the players who will travel to Gaborone, Botswana in July.