Netball Queensland names 2017-18 Elite Development Program squad

Netball Queensland (NQ) has named its 26-player Elite Development Program (EDP) squad for 2017-18, which assists the state’s brightest young players in their journey to reach the sport’s elite stage.

The EDP supports athletes via individually tailored and holistic development programs delivered by Elite Programs Manager Jenny Brazel, Physical Performance Manager Callum Koch and High Performance Officer Belinda Weder.

The squad is headlined by current Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds training partners Alexia Baker, Tippah Dwan, Kristen Oxenford and 19/U National Netball Championships MVP Tara Hinchliffe, plus former Firebird and 2016 ANZ Championship winner Hulita Haukinima.

Netball Queensland High Performance General Manager Richard McInnes said the talented crop of players selected were evidence of the state’s strong performance pathway.

“The multi-year graduated development program provides athletes with the education and guidance designed to see them prepared to deal with the on and off court challenges faced by elite players,” McInnes said.

“The program is delivered over three years, with athlete inclusions reviewed annually based on progression. The current group has some exciting new inclusions, plus established players who are on the edge of readiness for elite netball.

“Queensland’s recent success at the National Netball Championships is testament to the success of the program, where our 17/U side won bronze and our 19/U team finished second.

“The squad will start training on 22 May. In the short term, it will provide valuable opportunities for athletes to further their development following the completion of the Samsung QSNL season in June.”

Two regional athletes in Christina McLure (Biloela) and Lauren Bella (Sarina) were selected after impressing during the recent Queensland 17/U selection process.

McInnes said their selections were evidence of NQ’s strong focus on identifying and developing regional talent.

“Christina and Lauren have showed immense potential and will be supported remotely from their home towns while they complete year 12,” he said.

“NQ has a strong affinity with regional athletes, which is evidenced by the likes of current Firebirds Laura Clemesha and Kimberley Jenner, plus club legends Laura Geitz and Clare McMeniman.

“We look forward to continuing our identification and support of these players as we work towards our aim of helping establish elite careers for as many Queensland athletes as possible.”

Netball Queensland 2017-18 Elite Development Program (EDP) squad

Name Suburb Samsung QSNL Club
Alexia Baker* Virginia Brisbane East Tigers
Annabella Sorby* Buderim Brisbane North Cougars
Binnian Hunt Deception Bay Brisbane North Cougars
Bridey Condren Mackay Brisbane South Wildcats
Chanel Dyer Northgate Brisbane North Cougars
Charlie Bell* Chelmer Brisbane West Lions
Christina McLure Biloela N/A
Grace Hughes Ipswich N/A
Hulita Haukinima Logan Brisbane South Wildcats
Jada Gafa* Robina Brisbane North Cougars
Kristen Oxenford Clear Island Waters Golden South Jaguars
Lauren Bella Sarina N/A
Leah Middleton Molendinar Brisbane East Tigers
Leesa Mi Mi* Wellington Point Brisbane South Wildcats
Lenora Misa Woodridge N/A
Lia Woolnough* Yeronga Brisbane West Lions
Macy Gardner* Greenslopes Suncoast Lynx
Maddison Hinchliffe* Bridgeman Downs Brisbane North Cougars
Mia Stower* Toowoomba Darling Downs Panthers
Rylie Holland Alexandra Hills Brisbane North Cougars
Sarah Earl* Morningside Brisbane West Lions
Sarahpheinna Woulf* Richlands Golden South Jaguars
Shenae Grant Emerald / Gold Coast Golden South Jaguars
Tara Hinchliffe* Bridgeman Downs Brisbane North Cougars
Tippah Dwan* St Lucia Brisbane West Lions
Vivienne Fitzpatrick Buderim Brisbane North Cougars

*Selected in Australian 17/U, 19/U, 21/U or TALL squad.