Netball Queensland Announces State Teams for 2018 National Netball Championships

Netball Queensland Announces State Teams for 2018 National Netball Championships

Following a rigorous talent identification and selection process Netball Queensland are pleased to announce the following players have been selected in the final squads of 12, to participate in the National Netball Championships (NNC) in Adelaide. The team will depart on Sunday April 15 and return on Sunday April 22, 2018.

2018 17U Queensland Team 19U Queensland Team
Reilley Batcheldor Helensvale Rosie Baker Townsville
Charlie Bell Chelmer Ruby Bakewell-Doran Ashgrove
Rylee Burns Casuarina Bridey Condren Mackay
Madison Cooley Moorooka Jess Donnelly Upper Coomera
Vivienne Fitzpatrick Buderim Tippah Dwan St Lucia
Lily Gribble Bulimba Macy Gardner Greenslopes
Nicole Guenther Woodford Shenae Grant Coomera
Abigail Houston Palm Beach Heidi Osborne Currimundi
Hannah Le Sage Shailer Park Mia Stower Toowoomba
Kirstyn Lole Varsity Lakes Jesse Wardlaw Shailer Park
Leesa Mi Mi Wellington Point Lia Woolnough Yeronga
Leah Pue Upper Coomera Rachel Faanana Cairns
Training Partners Training Partners
Georgia Cox Townsville Rachel Faanana Cairns
Lynette Childs Alexandra Hills Maddie Grant Palmwoods
Annabelle Lawrie Arundel Sarah Earl Morningside
Grace Hughes Raceview Ingrid Fitzpatrick Buderim
Ivana Piakura Oxenford Khali Henwood Ormeau


The 19U team includes Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds Training Partner Tippah Dwan and Sunshine Coast Lightning contracted player Sarahpheinna Woulf.  Dwan, Rosie Baker, Jess Donnelly and Shenae Grant will all play their second year in the 19U team, while Macy Gardner, Mia Stower, Heidi Osborne, Lia Woolnough and Woulf all step up from last year’s 17U State Team. Ruby Bakewell-Doran make her debut in maroon after a strong QSNL season with the Cougars 19U team in 2017.

Megan Lynch and Kerrianne Farrelly will again coach the team, supported by long serving manager Merrin McCulloch, Physiotherapist Kerry Staples and Firebirds Performance Analyst Brendon Zhou.

The 17U team sees the return of 2017 players, Charlie Bell, Viv Fitzpatrick, Nicole Guenther, Hannah Le Sage, Leesa MiMi and Leah Pue ensuring there is plenty of experience to guide the exciting new talent making their first trip to the NNC’s. Exciting young goal shooter, Grace Hughes, was not considered selection due to an injury but will continue her rehabilitation and return to play program with the squad.

Simone Nalatu and Lauren Forbes, return for their second year coaching the 17U team, supported by Manager Erin Hodgkin, Physiotherapist Will Thwaites and Queensland Fusion Performance Analyst Suzi Russell.

General Manager – Performance & Competitions, Richard McInnes was pleased with the number of players from across Queensland either included in the final team or pushing for selection.

“Rachel Faanana from Cairns has been really impressive over the past 12 months across QSNL, QPL and Schoolgirls competitions and we see great potential in Rachel moving forward. Georgia Cox from Townsville, has also impressed and is another for us to work closely with to support her development,” McInnes said.

Through both squads we have athletes from Cairns to the Gold Coast, west to Toowoomba supporting the need for ongoing programs to build strength across the State.

The selection process included monitoring players across a range of competitions in 2017 for invitation to a training camp in September 2017. From there large training squads of 25 were selected to attend a further four days of training camps.

Following these camps, the squad was reduced to 16 players per age division who then participated in another five days training across four weeks. Across this time the selection panels assessed players’ attitude, training habits, potential for growth and of course their netball skills and tactical nous.

The teams, including training partners will now continue to prepare for the April NNC’s training each Sunday morning, interspersed with two further weekend camps.  The players will do the majority of their training with their respective QSNL teams, with coaching and performance staff working closely together to manage the emotional and physical wellbeing of the players.