After months of trails and rigorous training session the 2014 Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 State teams have been announced after the final selection weekend held at Logan Metro.
Netball Queensland’s future is in good hands as 75 young athletes from across the state competed for their chance to secure one of the 36 spots on offer.
After being put through their paces with some tough match play the athletes waited anxiously as coaches and selectors narrowed down their final teams.
U17 coach, Amanda Vanderwal said her age group showed a lot of potential this year and develop differently so there is always room for future development.
“The group were really talented and very receptive to what the coaches were saying and willing to try new thing,” Vanderwal said.
“The final team did pick themselves so they made it easy for selectors as they stood up on the court and there were some good combinations.”
“We are very lucky this year as we have a good mix of youth and experience in the final team.”
One young athlete with plenty of experience is U21 player Stephanie O’Brien secured her spot for a second year in a row in the U21 team.
The veteran from the Darling Downs, whose inspiration is Laura Geitz, said she was very excited to have the chance to represent Queensland in her fourth state team selection.
“It was a tough weekend and everyone played really hard so it was good to see everyone fighting for positions,” O’Brien said.
With training starting as early as Tuesday night O’Brien said she is looking forward to tough training schedule in the lead up to the National titles in March.
“My goal is to make it to the top level, to make it to the Firebirds and I will keep fighting until I do.”
Netball Queensland is pleased that we were able to announce the top 36 athletes to represent the state this weekend and we are looking forward to starting training in preparation for the National Championships next year.
The Under 21 National Netball Championships will be held in South Australia from March 11-16, 2014 with the Under 17 and Under 19 National Netball Championships in Victoria from April 6-11, 2014.
2014 U17 Queensland State Team
Abigail Latu-Meafou – NQ/EDS
Alexia Baker – Downey Park
Annabella Sorby – SCNA
Binnian Hunt – Pine Rivers
Bryah Gafa – Southcoast
Clare Frost – Western Districts
Hayley Walsh – MDNA
Julia Robinson – Downey Park
Kari Arrow – Southcoast
Kobe Howard – Downey Park
Lenora Misa – Logan City
Mia Henderson – Western Districts
Coach– Amanda Vanderwal
Assist Coach– Shaye Gillett
Manager – Liz White
2014 U19 Queensland State Team
Ashlee Unie – NQ/EDS
Bianca Cattelini – NQ/EDS
Cara Koenen – NQ/EDS
Chloe Litherland – NQ/EDS
Dominique Scott – Caboolture
Hulita Haukinima – NQ/EDS
Jemma MiMi – Metro District
Josephine Hunderford – Sunshine Coast
Kristen Oxenford – NQ/EDS
Leah Middleton – NQ/EDS
Mahalia Cassidy – NQ/EDS
Ruby Paton – NQ/EDS
Coach– Christine Voge
Assist Coach– Linda Peterson
Manager– Carly Richardson
2014 U21 Queensland State Team
Beryl Friday – NQ/EDS
Bronte Orreal – Cougers
Celeste Carnegie – NQ/EDS
Claudia Jones – Downey Park
Jemmason Power – NQ/EDS
Kate Dudley – Southport Carrara
Lauren Sulley – Southport Carrara
Madeline Walsh – Golden South
Madeline McAuliffe – NQ/EDS
Stephanie O’Brien – Western Districts
Naomi Fitzpatrick – Sunshine Coast
Olivia O’Donnell – Metro District
Coach– Jenny Brazel
Assist Coach– Megan Lynch
Manager– Cheryl Scott