Netball Queensland is delighted to congratulate the athletes that will form the Queensland 17U and 19U squads that will vie for State Team selection during the selection camps in January and February 2019.
The 17U Squad was announced at the conclusion of the inaugural 16U State Titles held last weekend in Toowoomba.
The Netball Queensland Selection Panel – including Firebirds Head Coach and former Diamond, Roselee Jencke and Netball Queensland Performance Pathways Manager, Tracey Fear together with accomplished and experienced Queensland coaches Liz White and Patti Farrell– keenly observed everyone at the tournament to select the next crop of netball talent.
The event also included the 18U City v Country Series, contributing to the 19U selections. Performances during the 2018 National’s in Adelaide and the Queensland State Netball League were also considered by the panel. Incumbent players that competed in Adelaide, were granted automatic selection in the squad.
After sustaining season ending ACL injuries in 2018, the 19U squad will welcome back Sarahpheinna Woulf and Nicole Guenther pending medical clearance.
The 26 players selected in the 17U squad consists of only five incumbents from last year’s National Championships.
Fear says the challenge for places in the final State Team will be incredibly strong after some standout performances in the State Titles over the weekend.
“We had hoped to see some exciting players in this age group competing at the State Titles and we were not disappointed. It was particularly pleasing to see the number of regionally based players impress selectors, which is a great indicator that there are talented coaches developing players from the far north down to the South East corner of Queensland,” she said.
The selection panel charged with selecting the final 17U Team to compete at Nationals will have a tough job separating some of the outstanding talent in the squad.
Along with the 17U and 19U incumbents the older age division will see the inclusion of nine new faces. The inclusion of Georgia Cox, Rachel Faanana, Chantelle Tikitau and Ariana Wilcoxson again reinforces the strength of the regional programs, with the athletes representing the Marlin Coast Marlins and The Magnetic North Steelcats.
Richard McInnes, Netball Queensland General Manager of High Performance and Sports Entertainment was impressed by the performance of the regional teams in Toowoomba over the weekend and particularly in the City v Country Series.
“It was great to see two regional teams in the top five (of the 16U State Titles) and more importantly to see the number of close games across the entire event,’ McInnes said.
‘In the pool games we had four draws and a good number of one and two-point margins. The regional team concept, certainly strengthens our country teams, allowing them to bring their best players together to compete,’ he said.
The group of athletes will next gather in Brisbane in mid-January to take part in training sessions and training camps leading to the final selection of the team in February. Once finalised, the teams will continue their weekly training through to the National Netball Championships to be hosted at the new Brisbane Arena in the QSAC precinct from 10 – 16 April 2019.
Congratulations to all of the following athletes and their coaches.
|17U Queensland Squad|
|Reilley Batcheldor||2018 17U Team|
|Rylee Burns||2018 17U Team|
|Lily Gribble||2018 17U Team|
|Abigail Houston||2018 17U Team|
|Kirstyn Lole||2018 17U Team|
|19U Queensland Squad|
|Charlie Bell||2018 17U Team|
|Madison Cooley||2018 17U Team|
|Vivienne Fitzpatrick||2018 17U Team|
|Macy Gardner||2018 19U Team|
|Nicole Guenther||2018 17U Team|
|Hannah Le Sage||2018 17U Team|
|Leesa Mi Mi||2018 17U Team|
|Heidi Osborne||2018 19U Team|
|Leah Pue||2018 17U Team|
|Mia Stower||2018 19U Team|
|Jesse Wardlaw||2018 19U Team|
|Lia Woolnough||2018 19U Team|
|Sarahpheinna Woulf||2018 19U Team|