Athletes selected for 2015 Marie Little OAM Shield

Netball NSW is pleased to announce the athletes that will represent NSW at the 2015 Marie Little OAM Shield to be contested at Adelaide’s Netball SA Stadium on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July alongside Week 5 of the 2015 Australian Netball League.

Selectors have named a 10-player team to participate in the two-day competition, with six shadow players to train alongside the team as training partners during the team’s preparations.

Head Coach Jenny O’Keeffe returns to lead the side, along with six members of the 2014 team that finished Runners-Up, including 2014 co-Captains Sarah-Jayne Forrest and Melissa Gallagher, as well as their teammates Dallas Austin, Karina Baines, Rebel Ervasti and Uriah Weston.

Four athletes have also been selected to make their debuts, including Kristen Mercer, Anthea Wells and sisters Bernadette and Eliza Mills from Orange.

Netball NSW Community Engagement Manager Amy Quirk was delighted to make the announcement following selection trials held on Sunday 24 May at Netball Central.

“The standard of players attending trials this year, including the increased attendance, was really encouraging, and I think this is evidence of the fantastic work that is taking place at Associations across NSW who are providing inclusive environments and opportunities to players, coaches, umpires and officials of all abilities,” Quirk stated.

“It’s wonderful to see the return of familiar faces as well as new players who took part in the selection process, and by introducing the Shadow Players concept we are continuing to provide an opportunity for those players who missed out on team selection to continue their development.

“On behalf of Netball NSW I’d like to congratulate the athletes selected, and wish them all the best for the upcoming 2015 Marie Little OAM Shield,” Quirk concluded.

The Marie Little OAM Shield is a national competition for State-selected netball players with an intellectual disability.  Named in honour of long-time disability advocate Marie Little OAM, the competition aims to give Players with a Disability (PWD) an opportunity to participate in sport in a fun and inclusive environment.

NSW will now commence training in the lead up to the competition, where they will meet Victoria and hosts South Australia in a round-robin style tournament.

2015 Netball NSW Marie Little OAM Shield Team
Dallas AUSTIN – Blacktown City
Rebel ERVASTI – Blue Mountains
Sarah-Jayne FORREST – Kiama
Melissa GALLAGHER – Blue Mountains
Kristin MERCER – TBC
Bernadette MILLS – Orange
Eliza MILLS – Orange
Anthea WELLS – Sutherland Shire
Uriah WESTON – Blue Mountains
Head Coach: Jenny O’Keeffe
Assistant Coach: Therri Ellison
Manager: Ellen Monaghan

Shadow Players
Ashlie BECKER – Baulkham Hills
Danielle BURNS – Newcastle
Tara DANIELS – Ku-ring-gai
Caroline DAY – Blue Mountains
Tamara KEENAN – Sutherland Shire
Nalyn SIRIVIVATNANON – Ku-ring-gai