Netball NSW has appointed the coaches who will lead the State at the 17/U and 19/U National Netball Championships in Brisbane next year.
Taking place annually, the Nationals provide NSW’s best young netballers the opportunity to represent their State and be spotted for talent identification. The Championships are a crucial stepping stone in both the Netball NSW and Netball Australia Pathways.
In 2019 the NSW 17/U Team will be led by the Central Coast’s Amber Cross (Wyong District Netball Association).
Cross, who is currently head coach of the Central Coast Heart in the Netball NSW Premier League, comes to the role with a wealth of experience having been an assistant coach to both NSW 17/U and 19/U State Teams in the past, as well as heading up the netball program at the Central Coast Academy of Sport.
Cross will be assisted by former Australian Diamond, NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball defender Bec Bulley (Ku-ring-gai Netball Association) in her first State Team coaching role. The World Cup winner recently retired from competitive netball after the GIANTS’ 2018 Finals campaign and has coached at Premier League level with North Shore United.
The pair will be able to call on Sally Cain (Hawkesbury Netball Association), who will serve as 17/U Apprentice Coach. Cain has been head coach of the NSW 15s All Schools Team since 2016 and head coach of the Sydney West Opens Team since 2014.
Having coached the NSW 17/U at the 2018 Nationals, Nerida Stewart (Gosford Netball Association) returns to the State Team set-up – this time as head coach of the 19/U Team.
The current NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) head coach, Stewart also coached in Premier League with the Central Coast Heart Under 20s and in 2016 was part of Netball Australia’s Targeted Coach Program.
The current head netball coach at the Illawarra Academy of Sport, Marji Parr (Illawarra District Netball Association), has been appointed assistant coach of the 19/U team in what is her first State appointment. Parr has previously been an assistant coach for the GWS Fury Under 20s in the Premier League and was an NSWIS Scholarship coach in 2014.
The role of 19/U apprentice coach has gone to Alison Tucker (Randwick Netball Association), who has worked as an assistant coach with UTS Sparks in the Premier League, and was a Metro League-winning coach (Division 2) with Randwick.
In 2018 Tucker was assistant coach of the NSW Talent Development squad and also took part in the Netball Australia Indigenous High Performance Camp.
“When you read the CV’s of these coaches you see that we have some of the best coaches to pick from,” Nikki Horton, Netball NSW Head of Netball, said.
“We had so many great applications this year, and it was very hard to make our decisions, but we are delighted to make these announcements.
“I would like to congratulate every coach selected, it is a great honour to coach New South Wales, and the best talent we have coming through our pathways.
“I know both coaching teams from the 17/U sand 19/U set-ups are looking forward to getting the selection processes underway and finding the best players to hopefully bring Nationals silverware back to NSW.”