Georgie Horjus and Tahlia Dnistrjanski have been announced as Co-Captains for the 2019 17U State Team.
Both Horjus and Dnistrjanski, who are SASI scholarship holders and were state teammates in 2018, said they are honoured to lead their team.
Dnistrjanski said after being a part of the championship-winning team last year, she set her sights on a leadership role in 2019.
“Being in the 17U team in 2018 made me a more confident and stronger player, so this year I wanted to take another step and being a leader of the team was my new goal,” she said.
Dnistrjanski said her leadership strengths are communication and that she’s an approachable teammate.
“I’m looking forward to supporting my teammates with Georgie and answering their questions and sharing my advice about Nationals. I am also vocal on the court during the game.
“I’m a really inclusive person and think I am good at making people feel comfortable. Team bonding is important to me and creating a team where everyone gives it their all.”
Horjus said being selected as Co-Captain is very excited and it’s a good feeling to know herself and Dnistrjanski have the support of their team.
“This is my third year in the team, so I think I’m in a good position to help the younger players and be a leader on and off the court,” she said.
“I think my experience of being in a tough situation, when the game is close, will allow me to calm the team down, so we can play our best.”
Horjus, who is an Adelaide Thunderbirds Pathway Athlete, said that being a part of the elite training environment has taught her new leadership qualities, which she will bring to the 17U team.
17U Head Coach Lee-Anne Cummins said Horjus and Dnistrjanski have different leadership qualities that complement one another, and this was a key factor in choosing to select co-captains, as opposed to captain and vice-captain.
“Georgie is a role model, because of her on court behaviours and her diligence to prepare to be ready for the game. She sets a good example,” she said.
“Tahlia is a leader and is a strong voice on the court.”
The process to select co-captains saw Horjus and Dnistrjanski present to their teammates and a player vote, followed by an interview with Cummins, Assistant Coach Peta Maher and Team Manager Sharon Kasteliz.
Cummins said the team is coming together, ahead of April’s National Netball Championships in Brisbane.
“In trainings we have had a hit out against the 19U team, specialists’ sessions and the 17U Development Squad,” she said.
“This weekend we will play against the Matrics’ Reserves team.”
Cummins has enjoyed three title wins a row, but says the success of the past is irrespective to this year’s team.
“Going to nationals you go wanting to win, that is our goal always,” she said.
“History is history, and you don’t know what you’re coming up against the other teams.
“There are five girls in the team, who were in the team in 2018, five of them have experience winning gold. At the moment, we are heading in the right direction.”