Six NSW players named in World Youth Championships squad

Six New South Wales netballers have been selected in the squad for the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships in Glasgow, after selectors confirmed the squad following a three-day camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Kristina Brice (Baulkham Hills/AIS),Paige Hadley (NSW Swifts/Penrith),Kristiana Manu’a (Liverpool City),Kimberley Ravaillion (NSW/QLD Firebirds),Gabi Simpson (NSW/QLD Firebirds) and Amy Sommerville (Eastwood Ryde/AIS) have all been named in the 21-strong squad.

New South Wales’ Amy Sommerville, Western Australia’s Numi Tupaea, and South Australia’s Sarah Klau and Amehlia Schmidt were elevated to the Australian World Youth Netball Championships squad after initially attending the camp as invitees.  

“While it’s a small step, it represents the next milestone towards our World Youth Netball Championships campaign now that we’ve got a finalised squad of 21 athletes to contest selection camp in three weeks,” Australian 21/U coach Carol Byers said.

“The selectors and I were very impressed with the 23 athletes at camp, including the invitees, but Amehlia, Amy and Numi were outstanding and thoroughly deserve their chance to compete for a spot on our Australian World Youth Netball Championships team.”

Illness prevented Klau from attending camp but Byers said her performances at the National Netball Championships warranted inclusion in the squad.

Tracey Fear, Netball NSW General Manager – High Performance said this is a wonderful accomplishment by these players, particularly Amy Somerville who was elevated to the squad after being an invitee to the training camp.

“To have six NSW athletes vying for Australian honours reflects the strength of the State’s development system, and we wish them all the very best for the Selection Camp to be held at the end of the month,” expressed Tracey Fear.

“It is a great achievement for Amy to have played her way back into contention for the Australian 21/Under Team.”

“Amy has worked hard on her rehabilitation and has shown great resilience to return to netball following her knee injury in 2012,” said Tracey Fear.

The 12-player team for August’s World Youth Netball Championships will be announced following a selection camp on Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 May at the AIS.

Australia has been named in Group A alongside South Africa, Fiji, Israel and Namibia with the tournament kicking off on 22 August at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.

Australian 21/U Squad (World Youth Netball Championships):
Kristina Brice (Baulkham Hills/AIS), Courtney Bruce (WA/West Coast Fever), Paige Hadley (Penrith/NSW Swifts), Sarah Klau (SA), Cody Lange (SA/AIS), Chelsea Lemke (SA/AIS), Kristiana Manu’a (Liverpool City), Kate Moloney (VIC/Melbourne Vixens), Maddy Proud (SA/AIS), Kimberley Ravaillion (NSW/QLD Firebirds), Amehlia Schmidt (SA/AIS), Kate Shimmin (SA/AIS/Adelaide Thunderbirds), Gabi Simpson (NSW/QLD Firebirds), Amy Sommerville (Eastwood Ryde/AIS), Kaylia Stanton (WA/AIS), Kate Thompson (VIC/AIS), Gretel Tippett (QLD), Numi Tupaea (WA), Elizabeth Watson (VIC), Joanna Weston (VIC/AIS), Micaela Wilson (VIC/AIS).