THREE MAGPIES NAMED IN 21/U NATIONAL SQUAD

Tiarne Swersky - 11 April, 2017

National selectors have named Magpies Netball players Alice Teague-Neeld, Matilda Garrett and Samantha Gooden in the initial 21/Under National Squad that will represent Australia at the Netball World Youth Cup in July this year.

21-year-old Teague-Neeld headlines the Magpies inclusions, with the shooter featuring in six of the Magpies’ Super Suncorp Netball (SSN) games so far this season.

Teague-Neeld made a successful return to the starting line-up in Friday night’s win against the Fever (shooting 6/10, with seven goal assists), after coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell called on the goal-attack to form an attacking duo with goal shooter Caitlin Thwaites.

Garrett and Gooden – who both had successful campaigns for the Tasmanian Magpies in the Australian Netball League (ANL) – are training partners with Magpies Netball in the SSN competition and were also selected in the 21/Under 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).

“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,” Obst said.

“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.”

All three Magpies were first selected for the Australian Netball World Youth Cup squad when the first team selections were made back in August last year.

The 2017 Netball World Youth Cup will be held in Gaborone, Botswana, where 20 countries will compete with players aged 21 and younger.

Australia has a proud history at the tournament, but will be out for revenge this year after New Zealand beat them in the finals of the 2013 Netball World Youth cup.

Fellow Magpies Kim Ravaillion, Micaela Wilson and Cody Lange all represented Australia in the 21/Under National team at the 2013 tournament in Glasgow.

This year, Australia is drawn to compete in Pool C and will play Zimbabwe, South Africa, Barbados and Singapore in their first round of matches.

The 21/Under National squad currently has 24 players selected, but that number will be trimmed to a final 12 who will travel to Africa to compete in the World Cup.

The final team will be announced on Thursday, 18 May.

2017 National 21/Under Squad -  *Athletes under the age of 21 years as of 31 December 2016*

 

Surname

First Name

State of Origin

2017 Club/DTE

Anderson

Toni

NSW

Giants

Anstiss

Jessica

WA

Fever

Austin

Kiera

NSW

Giants

Burgess

Emily

SA

Thunderbirds

Cook

Jane

VIC

Thunderbirds

Eddy

Kate

VIC

Vixens

Ellis

Prudence

NSW

Swifts

Garbin

Sophie

WA

Fever

Garrett

Matilda

VIC

Magpies

Glasgow

Sasha

SA

Thunderbirds

Gooden

Samantha

VIC

Magpies

Hinchliffe

Tara

QLD

Firebirds

Honey

Tayla

VIC

Vixens

Jenner

Kimberley

QLD

Firebirds

Latu-Meafou

Abigail

QLD

Firebirds

Lee-Jones

Annika

WA

Fever

Mi Mi

Jemma

QLD

Firebirds

O’Brien

Claire

NSW

Swifts

O’Shannassy

Teigan

NSW

Giants

Petty

Hannah

SA

Thunderbirds

Price

Jamie-Lee

NSW

Giants

Rainbow

Kelsie

TAS

Vixens

Ryde

Emma

VIC

Vixens

Teague-Neeld

Alice

VIC

Magpies