Five South Australians have been named in the 2018/19 National Talent Squad, identified as having the potential to one day represent their country in the Samsung Diamonds.
South Australians Sasha Glasgow, Hannah Petty, Charlee Hodges, Maddy Turner and Maddy Proud are in the squad of 23 selected by the national selection panel. The five athletes were selected as they demonstrate the capability and potential to progress to the Samsung Diamonds squad within the next three years (2019, 2020, 2021).
With five South Australians in the squad – representing almost a of quarter of selected athletes – the depth of local netball talent and success of the Netball SA pathways is showcased.
While the National Talent Squad does not formally meet for camps or competition, all selected athletes will have an Individual Athlete Performance Plan (IAPP) provided by the Netball Australia Centre of Excellence which incorporates daily training environment needs, training objectives, wellbeing components and competition plans.
Hannah Petty, 21, hails from the Eyre Peninsula and 2019 will mark her fourth season with the Adelaide Thunderbirds. Petty enjoyed her most consistent season in 2018 and is looking to step-up her performance once again next season. Career highlights for the mid-courter include captaining the 2017 21U Australian team and being named SASI’s 2017 Junior Female Athlete of the Year.
Sasha Glasgow, 20, is a product of the Netball SA pathways and 2019 will mark her third year with the Adelaide Thunderbirds. Glasgow, who plays GS and GA, was Petty’s teammate in the 2017 21U Australian team and has represented SA in underage teams.
Charlee Hodges, 21, another SA shooter, stepped up for the Adelaide Thunderbirds during the 2018 SSN season as a replacement player. Throughout her late-teens Hodges has enjoyed numerous Premier League premierships with Contax Netball Club.
Maddy Turner, 22, is another product of the Netball SA pathways representing the state in underage teams. Turner, a defender, made her debut for the NSW Swifts in 2016 and has a reputation as a tough and skilled defender.
Maddy Proud, 24, made her debut for the Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2011. The mid-courter, now signed with the NSW Swifts, represented South Australia in underage representative teams and was selected in the 2011 21U Australian team.
2018-2019 National Talent Squad
Kiera Austin (NSW). Mahalia Cassidy (QLD), Jane Cook (VIC), Kate Eddy (VIC), Rudi Ellis (NSW), Sophie Garbin (WA), Matilda Garrett (VIC), Sasha Glasgow (SA), Tara Hinchliffe (QLD), Charlee Hodges (SA), Tayla Honey (VIC), Kimberly Jenner (QLD), Cara Koenen (QLD), Sharni Lambden (VIC), Annika Lee-Jones (WA), Kristiana Manu’a (NSW), Jemma Mi Mi (QLD), Hannah Petty (SA), Maddy Proud (SA), Kelsey Rainbow (TAS), Kaylia Stanton (WA), Alice Teague-Neeld (VIC) and Maddy Turner (SA).