Four Firebirds named in Australian 21 and under squad

Via Netball Australia.

National selectors have announced the 21/U Australian squad comprising of 24 athletes (including 13 contracted Suncorp Super Netball players), ahead of final team selection for the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup in Gaborone, Botswana.

Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds Jemma Mi Mi, Abigail Latu-Meafou and Kimberley Jenner are joined by talented team training partner Tara Hinchliffe in the squad.

The team was named by Australian World Youth Cup Coach Tania Obst, alongside national selector Jill McIntosh and Netball Australia’s General Manager Pathways Stacey West, following athletes’ performances in Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) and the Australian Netball League (ANL).

For Obst, having all 24 players contracted as permanent SSN players or training within SSN environments as training partners, has led to greater skill development of the athletes and has seen an increase in match intensity on the court.

“Nothing beats being in a quality training environment, and when you are training with some of the best netballers in the world you are more accountable at training and obviously at a match. I think the basic skill level of some of the girls has improved with what we’ve seen on the SSN court and the ANL court over the last eight weeks,” said Obst.

Obst continued, that the direct alignment of ANL and SSN competitions in 2017, has allowed players greater opportunity to put their skills into practice.

“Having the ANL competition running alongside SSN, has allowed the girls who don’t get a game in SSN to go back into the ANL environment and execute what they are practicing, and that has been really good from our point of view in that we’ve been able to see that transition onto court rather than just on the training court.”

The final 2017 Australian Netball World Youth Cup team will be announced in May, with consideration given to performances in remaining SSN games, and state league competitions.

“The ANL finals competition last weekend was fantastic with three of the four games going into overtime.  That ‘pressure cooker’ environment is great for the athletes to experience.

“The challenge now for our athletes who aren’t on the SSN court and are back in their club environments is keeping that standard up every single time that they do hit the court whether that’s on a SSN court or in their state league, they need to be playing at the level that will be expected in Botswana.”

Netball Australia thanks the Australian Commonwealth Games Association – through its NextGEN AUSComGames squad program – for its support of the 2016-17 Australian Netball World Youth Cup Squad.

2017 Australian 21/U Squad
(name, state of origin. 2017 Club/DTE, local suburb)

 

** Athletes under the age of 21 years as of 31 December 2016

Surname First Name State of Origin 2017 Club/Designated Training Partner Suburb
Anderson Toni NSW GIANTS Netball

*Contracted player

Kirrawee
Anstiss Jessica WA West Coast Fever

*Contracted player

Maida Vale
Austin Kiera NSW GIANTS Netball

*Training partner

North Ryde
Burgess Emily SA Adelaide Thunderbirds

*Contracted player

Camden Park
Cook Jane VIC Adelaide Thunderbirds

*Contracted player

Wodonga, Vic
Eddy Kate VIC Melbourne Vixens

*Training partner

Burwood East
Ellis Prudence NSW NSW Swifts

*Training partner

Curl Curl
Garbin Sophie WA West Coast Fever

*Training partner

Rockingham
Garrett Matilda VIC Magpies Netball

*Training partner

Narre Warren
Glasgow Sasha SA Adelaide Thunderbirds

*Replacement Player

Moonta Bay
Gooden Samantha VIC Magpies Netball

*Training partner

Mt Eliza
Hinchliffe Tara QLD Queensland Firebirds
*Training partner
Bridgeman Downs
Honey Tayla VIC Melbourne Vixens

*Replacement player

Keilor Downs
Jenner Kimberley QLD Queensland Firebirds

*Contracted player

Camp Hill
Latu-Meafou Abigail QLD Queensland Firebirds

*Contracted player

Inala
Lee-Jones Annika WA West Coast Fever

*Contracted player

Sorrento
Mi Mi Jemma QLD Queensland Firebirds

*Contracted player

Morningside
O’Brien Claire NSW NSW Swifts

*Contracted player

Bexley
O’Shannassy Teigan NSW GIANTS Netball

*Training partner

Queenscliff
Petty Hannah SA Adelaide Thunderbirds

*Contracted player

Plympton
Price Jamie-Lee NSW GIANTS Netball

*Contracted player

Newington
Rainbow Kelsie TAS Melbourne Vixens

*Training partner

Oakleigh, Vic
Ryde Emma VIC Melbourne Vixens

*Contracted player

Skye
Teague-Neeld Alice VIC Magpies Netball

*Contracted player

Northcote

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