Queenslander Tara Hinchliffe selected in Australian World Youth Cup team

With Netball Australia.

Queensland defender Tara Hinchliffe has been selected in Australia’s 21/U team to contest the Netball World Youth Cup in July.

Selection caps a big 2017 for the highly-rated Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds training partner, who was recently named MVP at the 19/U National Netball Championships in Canberra.

The Bridgeman Downs product said she couldn’t wait to meet up with her teammates ahead of the tournament in Gaborone, Botswana.

“It’s an honour to be part of the team. I looked back at the photos of the last World Youth Cup team and it’s pretty special where those players are now,” Hinchliffe said.

“It’s exciting to be part of the new generation and go somewhere so new to play netball. There are a few girls my age in the side who I’ve been to Australian camps with, so it will be great to play with them again and meet some of the older players who I haven’t seen too much of yet.

“There’s a lot of talented defenders out there and after not playing Suncorp Super Netball this year, I wasn’t so sure I’d be picked. It’s an exciting way to finish the season.”

Selected from a squad of 24 athletes, the team will complete a training camp in Perth from 1-5 July before travelling to Botswana for the start of the tournament on 8 July.

The Australian World Youth Cup side has a rich history of producing Diamonds athletes, with six of the 2013 squad now representing the senior national side.

Hinchliffe said the chance to learn from new coaches was exciting after working so closely with mentors from the Netball Queensland system.

“I’ve never worked with coach Tania Obst or any of her assistants. I’m looking forward to working with different states, seeing what they bring and adding something different to my toolbox,” she said.

“Defensively Queensland are very physical – very hard, one-on-one style – whereas other states can use zonal defence and work in bigger units as a whole court. It will be interesting to learn some of those tricks.”

Firebirds players Kimberley Jenner and Jemma Mi Mi were named as reserves for the tournament.

Australian 21/U coach Tania Obst said there was a lot of talent in the selected group.

“It’s certainly been the toughest, and most challenging selection that I’ve ever been involved with, as it should for a national team,” Obst said.

“With the introduction of Suncorp Super Netball, also aligned with the Australian Netball League, we have seen an increase in opportunities for our athletes to further their development, providing a strong pool to select from.

The team has diversity in all areas of the court which is going to allow for different styles of play. We are very confident that we have selected the right mix of athletes to represent our country.”

Netball Australia thanks the Australian Commonwealth Games Association – through its NextGEN AUSComGames squad program – for its support of the 2016-17 Australian Netball World Youth Cup team.

2017 World Youth Cup Team
Surname First Name State of Origin 2017 Club/DTE
Anstiss Jessica WA West Coast Fever
Austin Kiera NSW Giants Netball
Eddy Kate VIC Melbourne Vixens
Garrett Matilda VIC Collingwood Magpies
Glasgow Sasha SA Adelaide Thunderbirds
Hinchliffe Tara QLD Queensland Firebirds
O’Brien Claire NSW NSW Swifts
O’Shannassy Teigan NSW Giants Netball
Petty * Hannah SA Adelaide Thunderbirds
Price Jamie-Lee NSW Giants Netball
Ryde Emma VIC Melbourne Vixens
Teague-Neeld Alice VIC Collingwood Magpies

*Subject to netball medical clearance

2017 World Youth Cup Reserves
Surname First Name State of Origin 2017 Club/DTE
Garbin Sophie WA West Coast Fever
Jenner Kimberley QLD Queensland Firebirds
Mi Mi Jemma QLD Queensland Firebirds