Three South Australians named in 21/U Australian Squad

National selectors have named three South Australians in the 21/U Australian squad ahead of final team selection for the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup in Gaborone, Botswana.

Emily Burgess, Sasha Glasgow and Hannah Petty have been included in the 24-player squad following athletes’ strong performances in Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) and the Australian Netball League (ANL).

For Australian World Youth Cup Coach, Tania 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 
** Athletes under the age of 21 years as of 31 December 2016

SurnameFirst NameState of Origin2017 ClubSuburb
AndersonToniNSWGIANTS Netball
*Contracted player
Kirrawee
AnstissJessicaWAWest Coast Fever
*Contracted player
Maida Vale
AustinKieraNSWGIANTS Netball
*Training partner
North Ryde
BurgessEmilySAAdelaide Thunderbirds
*Contracted player
Camden Park
CookJaneVICAdelaide Thunderbirds
*Contracted player
Wodonga, Vic
EddyKateVICMelbourne Vixens
*Training partner
Burwood East
EllisPrudenceNSWNSW Swifts
*Training partner
Curl Curl
GarbinSophieWAWest Coast Fever
*Training partner
Rockingham
GarrettMatildaVICMagpies Netball
*Training partner
Narre Warren
GlasgowSashaSAAdelaide Thunderbirds
*Replacement Player
Moonta Bay
GoodenSamanthaVICMagpies Netball
*Training partner
Mt Eliza
HinchliffeTaraQLDQueensland Firebirds
*Training partner
Bridgeman Downs
HoneyTaylaVICMelbourne Vixens
*Replacement player
Keilor Downs
JennerKimberleyQLDQueensland Firebirds
*Contracted player
Camp Hill
Latu-MeafouAbigailQLDQueensland Firebirds
*Contracted player
Inala
Lee-JonesAnnikaWAWest Coast Fever
*Contracted player
Sorrento
Mi MiJemmaQLDQueensland Firebirds
*Contracted player
Morningside
O’BrienClaireNSWNSW Swifts
*Contracted player
Bexley
O’ShannassyTeiganNSWGIANTS Netball
*Training partner
Queenscliff
PettyHannahSAAdelaide Thunderbirds
*Contracted player
Plympton
PriceJamie-LeeNSWGIANTS Netball
*Contracted player
Newington
RainbowKelsieTASMelbourne Vixens
*Training partner
Oakleigh, Vic
RydeEmmaVICMelbourne Vixens
*Contracted player
Skye
Teague-NeeldAliceVICMagpies Netball
*Contracted player
Northcote