The best of the best from Netball Queensland’s talent pool have been chosen in the 2014 Queensland Fusion Training squad with all athletes expected to make a splash this weekend as the premier netball competitions in the State, Queensland Champions Cup (QCC) and Mission Queensland State Netball League (MQSNL) kick off at Cornubia.
16 athletes have been selected in the training squad including U19 national MVP and sharp shooter Cara Koenen, along with three other nationally talent identified girls from the U19 National Championship winning State team, Mahalia Cassidy, Leah Middleton and Hulita Haukinima.
The final team will be announced after round four of QCC and MQSNL with all players under the microscope and having the opportunity to be included in the Fusion squad.
Coach Kylee Bryne who takes the helm for her third season of the Fusion said the squad has a number of talented athletes coming through the State team ranks.
“We are excited about the amount of talent we have in the Fusion squad this season and the selectors will be keeping a close eye on the girls playing in the QCC and MQSNL competitions,” Bryne said.
The breeding ground for future Firebirds stars, the Queensland Fusion team is Netball Queensland’s representation in the Australian Netball League (ANL) — a national all-age competition consisting of 11 teams which play over ten weekends culminating in a final.
Following a selection process, the panel consisting of Queensland Fusion coach, Kylee Bryne, Mission Queensland Firebirds’ Coach, Roselee Jencke and Elite Development Squad Coach, Tracey Jeanes Fraser, have selected the following athletes for the 2014 Queensland Fusion training squad:
Tiata Baldwin, GS – Brisbane North Cougars (Milton)
Sally Butters, WA/C – Brisbane North Cougars (Bondall)
Mahalia Cassidy, C/WA – Brisbane North Cougars (Petrie) – – U19 State Team
Beryl Friday, GS/GA – Brisbane East Tigers (Ascot) – U21 State Team
Kerri Gordon, GD/GK – Brisbane East Tigers
Claire Haigh, WA/C – SunCoast Lynx (Wilston)
Hulita Haukinima, GD/WD – Brisbane South Wildcats (Marsden) – U19 State Team
Cara Koenen, GS/GA – SunCoast Lynx (Townsville/Brisbane) – U19 State Team
Madeline McAuliffe, C/WD – Brisbane South Wildcats (Wishart) – U21 State Team
Leah Middleton, GK/GD – Golden South Jaguars (Molendinar) – U19 State Team
Jemmason Power, GS/GA – Brisbane North Cougars (Tanah Merah)
Jacqui Russell, WD – Brisbane East Tigers (Hemmant)
Laura Scherian, C/WA – SunCoast Lynx (Daisy Hill)
Emma Tickner, GK/GD – SunCoast Lynx (Balmoral)
Madeleine Walsh, GD/WD – Brisbane South Wildcats (Murwillumbah)
Stephanie Wood, GA/WA – SunCoast Lynx
Support staff and assistant coaches are yet to be appointed for the 2014 season.
The ANL commences on Saturday, June 28 with the first round to be held at in Tasmania. It concludes with the Finals Series to be held in Melbourne from August 23-24.
MQSNL and QCC will run for 17 weeks including finals and will kick off this weekend with a season launch held at the venue after the first round at 4.15pm.
QCC is Queensland’s premier netball competition providing the best opportunities and developmental environment for elite netballers and officials and is a direct pathway for State Team and ANL representations.
MQSNL is the true State wide competition with all 12 Netball Queensland regions represented and provides young, elite netballers and officials across Queensland with a pathway to QCC.
Netball Queensland CEO Anna Carroll will be hosting the event with Mission Queensland Firebirds Coach Roselee Jencke to officially launch the season.
QCC and MQSNL Draw
3pm – Crt 1 (MQSNL) Claws v Panthers
Crt 2 (MQSNL) Lions v Wildcats
Crt 3 (QCC) Steelcats v Jaguars
5pm – Crt 1 (MQSNL) Steelcats v Sharks
Crt 2 (MQSNL) Cougars v Tigers
Crt 3 (QCC) Wildcats v Lions
7pm – Crt 1 (MQSNL) Marlins v Thundercats
Crt 2 (MQSNL) Jaguars v Lynx
Crt 3 (QCC) Cougars v Tigers
Adult – $7
Concession – $4
12 & Under – Free
Team pack (8 players 13-17 + coach) – $20
Family pack (2 adults, 2 kids 13-17 years) – $15