17U & 19U squad of 16 confirmed ahead of upcoming final selection camp.
After months of hard work, the final 16 players have been confirmed for the Queensland 17U & 19U squads. These 16 players will now compete for a place in the 17U and 19U Teams to play in the National Netball Championships in April at the Queensland State Netball Centre.
New squad members are making waves in the selection process as player withdrawals create room for other emerging players. Olivia Djikstra, Queensland 21U Basketball representative, with her versatility and height, has been called in as a late replacement for the 19U squad.
Netball Queensland Performance Pathways Manager Tracey Fear said the selection panels are pleased with the new talent coming through and also the incumbent players re-selected, and the competition to make the final 12 across both teams is fierce.
“The 19U Squad midcourt include the experienced Macy Gardner, Heidi Osborne, Rachel Faanana and Lia Woolnough with the up and coming Leesa Mi Mi, younger sister of Firebird Jemma Mi Mi and Viv Fitzpatrick also featuring in the squad this year after moving up from the 17’s” Fear said.
More returning players have been selected for the 19U squad including Mia Stower and former Lightning contracted player, Sarahpheinna Woulf. Woulf’s selection is pending medical clearance as she continues her rehab after rupturing her ACL at the start of 2018.
Other players who have progressed through from the 17U Team in 2018 include Charlie Bell, Leah Pue and Madison Cooley.
Papua New Guinea trialist Hana Barretto also proved her versatility across the defensive and midcourt positions and she will join those players who impressed selectors at the 18U City v Country competition in October 2018; Annabelle Lawrie (City), Chantelle Tikitau (Country) and Maddison Ryan (City).
The final 16 players in the 17U Squad include 4 incumbent players; Reilley Batcheldor, Rylee Burns, Lily Gribble and Abigail Houston. Making up the 16, are a group of exciting new players identified at the Nissan 16U State Titles played in Toowoomba in October 2018.
“The competition for places in the final 16 was such that a number of talented players have missed out who could also reach representative level in the coming years and we look forward to observing their development over the next few years” Fear said
Of the 16 players named today in each squad, only 12 will be selected in the final team. Players will have one last opportunity this weekend to showcase their talents before the official team announcement on Tuesday 5 March. The 19U Squad will have the added bonus this weekend of playing one of the top NZ teams in the ANZ Premiership, the Central Pulse. This game will be played at 2pm on Saturday 2 February at Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre.
The Central Pulse team features several Silver Fern Squad members including former Captain, Katrina Rore along with Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Whitney Sourness, Aliyah Dunn, Sulu Fitzpatrick, Claire Kersten and Karen Burger. The team is coached by former Silver Ferns Assistant Coach, Yvette McCausland-Durie and the Assistant Coach for Pulse is former Silver Fern legend, Sandra Edge.
The Central Pulse will also play Queensland Fusion in two games over the weekend at Logan Metro, the first game is 9am on Saturday 2 February, and the second is on Sunday 3 February at 2pm.
17U Queensland squad
|Reilley Batcheldor||2018 Qld 17U Team||Golden South|
|Ava Black||16U Panthers||Darling Downs|
|Rylee Burns||2018 Qld 17U Team||Golden South|
|Lynette Childs||16U Tigers/2018 Qld 17U Squad||Brisbane East|
|Rianah Childs||16U Tigers||Brisbane East|
|Kasey Collins||16U Jags||Golden South|
|Emily Dockray||16U Tigers||Brisbane East|
|Ashleigh Ervin||16U Jags||Glden South|
|Lily Gribble||2018 Qld 17U Team||Brisbane East|
|Sarah Harris||16U Lynx||Sunshine Coast|
|Abigail Houston||2018 Qld 17U Team||Golden South|
|Grace Hughes||16U Lions/2018 Qld 17U Squad||Brisbane West|
|Brianna Martyn||16U Lynx||Sunshine Coast|
|Alice Mauga||16U Tigers||Brisbane East|
|Martina Reekers||16U Wildcats||Brisbane South|
|Isabelle Shearer||16U Claws||Capricorn|
19U Queensland squad of 16
|Hana Barretto||Cougars 19’s||Brisbane North|
|Charlie Bell||2018 Qld 17U Team||Brisbane West|
|Madison Cooley||2018 Qld 17U Team||Brisbane East|
|Olivia Djisktra||Jags 19’s||Golden South|
|Rachel Faanana||2018 Qld 19U Team||Marlin Coast|
|Vivienne Fitzpatrick||2018 Qld 17U Team||Sunshine Coast|
|Macy Gardner||2018 Qld 19U Team/Fusion||Sunshine Coast|
|Annabelle Lawrie||18U City Team||Golden South|
|Leesa Mi Mi||2018 Qld 17U Team||Brisbane South|
|Heidi Osborne||2018 Qld 19U Team||Sunshine Coast|
|Leah Pue||2018 Qld 17U Team||Golden South|
|Maddison Ryan||18U City Team||Brisbane East|
|Mia Stower||2018 Qld 19U Team/Fusion||Darling Downs|
|Chantell Tikitau||18U Country Team||Marlin Coast|
|Lia Woolnough||2018 Qld 19U Team||Brisbane West|
|Sarahpheinna Woulf||Lightning/2018 Qld 19U Squad||Sunshine Coast|