Young Magpies train for 2017 World Youth Cup

Alanna Mullan November 25, 2016 11:00am

Magpies Alice Teague-Neeld, Matilda Garrett and Sam Gooden head for Canberra as the World Youth Cup training camp commences.

The camp will prepare the girls for their 2017 tournament in Gaborone, Botswana, where 20 countries will compete with players aged 21 or younger. Games will be played over 9 days with 70 games played in total.

Goaler Alice Teague-Neeld looks forward to the camp, but also understands that players will need to bring their best to each training session.

“Because we all come from different states the time when we're all together in one place doesn't happen that often, so it's a very important camp and we'll definitely being using the time well!”

Joining Teague-Neeld at the camp, Sam Gooden says she’s “really excited” and believes working with “a really good group of girls makes it easy.”

Defender Matilda Garrett is thrilled to finally “get all the girls together again and train hard.”

The girls are also excited to join the Magpies and are delighted to have access to the fantastic facilities available at the Holden Centre.

“It’s really hard not to be motivated here. The whole building is so incredible.”, says Gooden.

Teague-Neeld says her, “training in at the Holden Centre for the past couple of months has well and truly prepared (her) for the upcoming camp!”

They are also looking forward to working and training with some of the more senior players leading into the 2017 Super Netball competition.

Garrett looks up to “Caitlyn Thwaites (who) has been playing at this level for around 10 years so it’s really exciting to be working off her knowledge as well.”

“I’m just excited to learn as much as I can from all of them. It’s just great to be a part of the team”, says Gooden.