2019 NSW State Team captains named

Netball NSW is delighted to announce that the leadership teams for the 2019 NSW 17/U and 19/U Teams have been selected.

The team will travel to Brisbane next month to contest the National Netball Championships, where Australia’s best young players get the chance to represent their respective state or territory.

The Championships also provide a fantastic pathway opportunity for athlete exposure and talent identification.

Building on a stellar year in 2018, NSW Swifts training partner Matisse Letherbarrow has been named captain of the NSW 17/U side. The 17-year-old played in last year’s Nationals in Adelaide and also represented the Netball NSW Waratahs in the Australian Netball League (ANL).

Letherbarrow will be assisted in her leadership duties by co-vice captains, and sisters, Amy and Natalie Sligar.

Meanwhile the NSW 19/U side will be led by GIANTS Netball training partner Latika Tombs, who will be assisted by 2019 GIANTS defender Matilda McDonell and Canberra GIANT Madeline Eaton, who have been named vice captains.

Tombs, who was called into the GIANTS’ Suncorp Super Netball squad in 2018 as injury cover, is also stepping up after an impressive showing with the Canberra GIANTS in last year’s ANL.

Netball NSW’s Head of Netball Nikki Horton congratulated the athletes on their appointments and wished them well ahead of the trip to Queensland.

“It is a great honour to play for NSW, but to captain is another level again and I know our state team coaches are very happy with who’ve they’ve chosen,” she said.

“Our 17/U head coach Amber Cross, her 19/U counterpart Nerida Stewart and their respective teams have gone through a very thorough process and the calibre of athletes they had to choose from was excellent.

“On behalf of everyone at Netball NSW I would like to sincerely congratulate all of the captains and vice captains named today. It truly is a fantastic achievement and one that they themselves, their families, clubs and associations should be exceptionally proud of.

“We are looking forward to making the trip to Brisbane next month and hoping they can bring some national titles back to NSW.”

The 2019 National Netball Championships take place at the Queensland State Netball Centre in Brisbane from April 11-16.

Full fixtures for the event can be viewed here.