The country’s most promising netballers have been selected in 17/U and 19/U Australian squads following the conclusion of the 2012 National Netball Championships at the Silverdome in Launceston, Tasmania.
The players, selected on their performance during the six-day tournament which featured all eight states and territories, will attend national training camps at the Australian Institute of Sport with many getting their first taste of a national program.
“Both squad have a depth of athletes that performed very well at the championships and athletes who demonstrated potential to enter out national pathway and be a potential Diamond,” Australian 19/U coach Stacey West said.
Selectors have named 22 players in the 19/U Australian squad to attend a selection camp at the AIS where a team of 12 will be named for any possible international opportunities later in the year.
The 17/U Australian squad will be solely a development squad as the 20 selected players plus 16 additional invitees attend a four day camp at the AIS with all the State Academies and Institute coaches and development coaches for each state.
Player development is the focus for the camp which will, for the first time, include two players from each state and territory invited to join the Australian 17/U squad in camp.
“It’s a new initiative that we’ve introduced this year to expand the opportunities at the 17/U squad level,” West said.
“We now have 36 athletes at our national development camp which is our breeding ground for our junior talent so it’s very exciting we’re able to develop these athletes in a squad camp environment and develop the individual and team based skills.”
17/U Australian squad: Kaitlyn Bryce (NSW), Mahalia Cassidy (QLD), Billie Gurr (NSW), Madeline Hay (NSW), Hulita Haukinima (QLD), Ruby Horton (VIC), Molly Jovic (VIC), Isabella Keogh (NSW), Kristiana Manu’a (NSW), Maria Masei (VIC), Gloria Masiasomua (NSW), Kristen Oxenford (QLD), Georgette Paatsch (VIC), Ruby Paton (QLD), Dominique Scott (QLD), Tanisha Stanton (NSW), Alice Teague-Neeld (VIC), Numi Tupea (WA), Maddy Turner (SA), Jordie Vivian (SA).
17/U Invitees: Georgia Clayden (ACT), Leigh Kalsbeek (ACT), Georgia Marshall (NSW), Phoebe Seamer (NSW), Michelle Kerrin (NT), Rebecca Winch (NT), Leah Middleton (QLD), Briony Payne (QLD), Emily Burgess (SA), Letisha Heintze (SA), Georgie Briggs (TAS), Kelsie Rainbow (TAS), Maddy Balson (VIC), Jessica McNamara (VIC), Annika Lee-Jones (WA), Nicole Lendich (WA)
19/U Australian squad: Kelly Altmann (SA), Kristina Brice (NSW), Courtney Bruce (WA), Sophie Halpin (NSW), Sarah Klau (SA), Cody Lange (SA), Chelsea Lemke (SA), Maggie Lind (VIC), Sarah Main (VIC), Morgan Mitchell (VIC), Kate Moloney (VIC), Jemmason Power (QLD), Maddie Proud (SA), Kimberley Ravaillion (NSW), Keely Rodrigo (ACT), Amehlia Schmidt (SA), Amy Sommerville (NSW), Kate Thompson (VIC), Courtney Torpy (NSW), Liz Watson (VIC), Joanna Weston (VIC), Demi Woodlock (NT)
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