World Youth Cup starts tonight

The 2013 World Youth Netball Championships begins tonight, Thursday 22 August, kicking off 10 days of competition between the best young netball talent from around the world at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.

Four years since they lifted the trophy in the Cook Islands, the Australian 21/U World Youth Cup team has been in the host city this past week to prepare for their title defence.

The Aussie’s campaign begins tomorrow night, Friday, when they meet Israel in their first match, before taking on Namibia, Pacific neighbours Fiji and South Africa through the round robin stage.

Netball fans who can’t make it to Scotland don’t have to miss out, with the tournament offering live streaming of every match through their official website!

CLICK HERE to watch our young Green & Gold athletes in action.

Throughout this week has brought you interviews with some of the Australian athletes, and today we feature NSW Swift young gun Paige Hadley.

After a long three year journey, Hadley will realise her dream when she steps out on court alongside 2014 NSW Swift Gretel Tippett and NSW 21/U teammates Kristina Brice, Kimberley Ravaillion and Gabi Simpson to represent her country at the tournament.

Netball Australia caught up with the 20 year old midcourter before the team departed for the tournament, with Hadley saying she was more than happy to pass on some of her ANZ Championship experience to her teammates.

“[It’s] just about helping each other out and the intensity you need to perform at to compete with the best … I guess the experience I know have [having played at ANZ Championship level] I can help out in that way,” Hadley said.

Australian 21/U Team Profiles – Paige Hadley (NSW Swifts/NSW)

Visit the Netball Australia website for 2013 World Youth Netball Championships information.

2013 World Youth Netball Championships – Australia’s Round Robin (Group A) Fixtures
Saturday 24 August Australia v Israel @ 12.30am^
Sunday 25 August Australia v Namibia @ 5.00am^
Monday 26 August Australia v Fiji @ 4.30am^
Wednesday 28 August Australia v South Africa @ 12.00am^
^denotes AEST

2013 Australian 21/U World Youth Cup Team
Kristina Brice*- AIS
Courtney Bruce – West Coast Fever
Paige Hadley* – NSW Swifts
Cody Lange – Adelaide Thunderbirds
Maddy Proud (c) – Adelaide Thunderbirds
Kimberley Ravaillion* – QLD Firebirds
Kate Shimmin (vc) – Adelaide Thunderbirds
Gabi Simpson* – QLD Firebirds
Kaylia Stanton – West Coast Fever
Gretel Tippett – NSW Swifts
Jo Weston – Melbourne Vixens
Micaela Wilson – AIS
Head Coach: Carol Byers
Assistant Coach: Anita Keelan*
Manager: Bree McDonald
*denotes NSW representative