Netball NSW has confirmed the twelve players who will represent NSW at the 2015 19/U National Netball Championships, to be hosted at our $35 million centre of excellence, Netball Central.
In addition to these players, a further six athletes have been selected as Shadow Players who will train alongside the State Team throughout their Nationals campaign.
Head Coach Briony Akle returns for the second consecutive season and will be joined by former NSW Swift and English international Sonia Mkoloma as Assistant Coach, as well as the return of 2014 teammates Madeline Woods and Australian 19/U squad member Toni Anderson.
The team also includes four athletes from the 2014 NSW and Australian 17/U sides who have graduated to the 19/U team; Keira Austin, Claire O’Brien, Amy Parmenter and Cassandra Radford, as well as the return of former 17/U representatives Cristy Linaker, Elyssa Pierce and Ashley Valeni.
On making the announcement, Netball NSW General Manager – High Performance (interim) Nikki Horton said selectors were pleased to see so many athletes make the step up to the next level of their development pathway.
“The athletes announced are a great mix of players with previous Nationals experience, particularly those who have made the step up from 17/U, along with an exciting number of emerging new athletes representing NSW for the first time,” Horton said.
“We have seen some very good players miss out on State selection, which shows how much hard work the athletes have put into their match play and fitness over the last 12 months. It will be exciting to see their development through training, as well as putting it into practice right here at Netball Central.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to call on our NSW netball community to get behind our 17/U and 19/U State Teams and cheer them on at Netball Central during the National Netball Championships in April,” Horton concluded.
The 2015 17/U and 19/U National Netball Championships will be contested from Tuesday 14 to Sunday 19 April, at Netball Central – the world’s best purpose-built netball facility and secondary venue of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015.
Tickets start from $15 for Adults and $10 for Children (day passes) with season passes available for entry all week. For more details visit the Netball NSW Calendar.
2015 NSW 19/U Team
Toni ANDERSON (Sutherland Shire)
Keira AUSTIN (Eastwood Ryde)
Olivia LENNON (Sutherland Shire)
Claire O’BRIEN (St George)
Cristy LINAKER (Manly Warringah)
Emily MOORE (Baulkham Hills)
Amy PARMENTER (St George)
Elyssa PIERCE (Sutherland Shire)
Cassandra RADFORD (Sutherland Shire)
Teegan RYAN (Baulkham Hills)
Ashley VALENI (Sutherland Shire)
Madeline WOODS (Baulkham Hills)
Natalie ELDRIDGE (St George)
Prudence ELLIS (St George)
Sarah KITCHER (Grafton)
Braeden QUINCE (Sutherland Shire)
Lauren YAGER (Sutherland Shire)
Zoe YANZ (CSNA/Sydney University)
Coaching and Support Staff
Head Coach: Briony Akle
Assistant Coach: Sonia Mkoloma
Manager: Deborah Kassing
Physiotherapist: Rob Mullard
Assistant Physiotherapist: Ryan Fraser