Netball NSW is pleased to announce Tanisha Stanton and Amy Parmenter will lead the NSW 19/U and 17/U teams, respectively, at the 2014 National Netball Championships in April, while Braeden Quince will Captain the 17/U Development Squad.
Experienced representative Stanton will Captain NSW in her third Nationals appearance, ably assisted by Toni Anderson as Vice-Captain.
18-year-old Stanton brings plenty of experience to the team, having been selected for both Australian 17/U and 19/U squads, as well as having two Australian Netball League seasons under her belt with the Netball NSW Blues, while Anderson has made the step up after taking the court for NSW 17/U team last season.
NetballNSWTV caught up with 19/U Assistant Coach Colleen Mitchell, who explained Stanton’s previous Nationals campaigns contributed to her leadership qualities.
“Tanisha comes with a wealth of experience; she’s been three years in the [Netball NSW] State programs, also being three years in the Australian [Talent Identification] sides, so I think she is a great choice for us to lead the side in the upcoming campaign.”
In her debut Nationals appearance, Parmenter heads a 17/U Leadership Group with Claire O’Brien and 2013 representative Cassandra Radford named co-Vice-Captains.
Upon making the announcement, 17/U Head Coach Moira Gaha said it was Amy’s attributes that made her the ideal choice to lead the side.
“We’ve got a great leadership group headed up with Amy as our Captain. I think she has the attributes that we as staff really want to see in our players; work ethic, she’s positive and encouraging to the other girls, and the other girls respond to that.”
Introduced by Netball NSW this year, the 17/U Development Squad have an identical training schedule as their 17/U counterparts, which will culminate in a two game fixture against one of the top secondary school teams in New Zealand, St Margaret’s High School, on Thursday 17 April at the Anne Clark Centre.
2013 NSW 17/U representatives Braeden Quince and Madeleine McCathie will lead the side as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively, lending their experience to this Development Squad.
Head Coach Leonie Stewart-Weeks said it was Quince’s hard work both on and off the court that ultimately led to her peers voting her as their Captain.
“[It was] a democratic, secret ballot and majority vote, and very delighted [with] Braeden getting that position; well deserved. One of the things that impressed all of us was that she leads by example – very much if you ask Braeden to do something, she just gives it her all … she’s a team player.”
NetballNSWTV caught up with the NSW 19/U and 17/U Captains and Coaches for the announcement; watch the interviews below:
Congratulations to Tanisha Stanton, Amy Parmenter and Braeden Quince.
The 2014 19/U and 17/U National Netball Championships will be contested simultaneously from Monday 7 to Saturday 12 April at Melbourne’s Waverley Netball Centre.
Netball NSW will keep you up-to-date with the team’s progress throughout the week with daily match reports, behind-the-scenes photos, and live score updates. Just follow us on Netball NSW social media channels:
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