Congratulations to all seven, who compete in the Samsung Queensland Netball State League, with a number of them hailing from country Queensland.
Bridey Condren – Brisbane South Wildcats,
Tippah Dwan – Brisbane West Lions
Jada Gafa – Brisbane North Cougars
Macy Gardner – Suncoast Lynx
Shenae Grant – Golden South Jaguars
Brianna Gregory – Brisbane South Wildcats
Sarahpheinna Woulf – Golden South Jaguars
Coach of the Queensland 17/U team Tracey Jeanes- Fraser was ecstatic to be informed almost half of her team had been recognised, especially as six of the seven had never played at a nationals before and three are bottom age.
“Oh my god I am so excited, that’s sensational!” she said.
“They worked so hard so I am so excited their efforts have paid off.”
The 17/U squad will attend a training camp at Netball Australia’s Centre of Excellence between 19-22 May under the tutelage of Centre of Excellence head coach Jill McIntosh and Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander.
Netball Australia National High Performance Pathway Manager Stacey West said the depth of midcourt talent in the 17/U age group “was quite exceptional” this year.
“There’s a lot of developing specialist wing attacks and some very strong defensive centres and we’re also delighted with the talent in the circle defenders among the squad of 36 that’s been named in this national development squad,” West said.
“These young athletes will have the opportunity to work with some of the country’s most experienced coaching and support staff at the Centre of Excellence in improving all aspects of their games.
“That will be very beneficial for their ongoing growth and development for the future.”
“There’s a nice mix of athletes from across our three underage pathways chosen in this year’s intake that we look forward to seeing continue to take steps towards their long-term goals of becoming Australian Diamonds,” West said.