Magpies Alice Teague-Neeld and Matilda Garrett have made the final Australian 21/U team to travel to for the Netball World Youth Cup.
Magpies Alice Teague-Neeld and Matilda Garrett have been named in the final 21/U Netball World Youth Cup Team, as announced this morning by Netball Australia.
The duo will represent Australia at the Netball World Youth Cup in July this year, to be held in Botswana, Africa.
After being named in the initial 24-player squad in April, both Teague-Neeld and Garrett have been picked for the final team after impressive form in the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) and Australian Netball League (ANL).
General Manager of Magpies Netball Jen McIntyre said it is an exciting opportunity for the two young netballers.
“I’m so proud of the girls and it’s great to see all of their hard work being recognised.”
“Every athlete wants to represent their country and this is a great opportunity for Alice and Matilda. I’m sure they aspire to be Australian Diamonds in the future, so this will be a wonderful pathway for them.”
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, with the contribution of Australian Diamonds coach, Lisa Alexander.
Teague-Neeld is one of Australia’s up and coming shooters after joining the Magpies last year.
The 21-year-old has produced strong performances for the Magpies since the Easter break, with her best game coming in round 11 against the Sunshine Coast Lightning.
In thirty minutes of play, the youngster converted eight goals (at 89 per cent), recorded three goal assists, one rebound, 16 centre-pass receives, five circle feeds and one deflection.
“It’s really exciting for Alice to have been selected in the World Youth Cup. She’s been a standout junior playing for Victoria.”
“She has been an important part of our SSN squad this year and she’ll no doubt continue to develop into one of the rising shooters in the competition.”
Garrett has been a training partner with the Magpies this season. The defender is enjoying a breakout year, after impressing during her ANL campaign with the Tasmanian Magpies, before captaining the 19/U Victorian side to a back-to-back National Netball Championships in Canberra earlier this month.
“Matilda is an outstanding young athlete and we’ve been privileged to have had her in as one of our training partners this season.”
“She was a standout in our Tasmanian Magpies team. What everyone loves about Tilly is how humble she is. She’s keen to learn and a hard worker.”
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, having won four of the six titles since the first World Youth Netball Championship in 1988, in Canberra.
“Travelling to Botswana will be an amazing opportunity and I’m sure they’ll treasure every moment with their teammates.”
“I’m really looking forward to seeing what our girls contribute to the national squad in Botswana,” McIntyre said.
Fellow Magpies Kim Ravaillion, Micaela Wilson and Cody Lange represented Australia in the 21/Under National team at the 2013 tournament in Glasgow.
The Australian team will come together for a four-day camp in Perth at the beginning of July, before flying out to Botswana on July 5th.
Australia is drawn to compete in Pool B and will play Zimbabwe, South Africa, Barbados and Singapore in its first round of matches.
The Netball World Youth Championships commence on July 8th.
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