Netball Queensland has announced its 26-player Queensland Fusion and Elite Development Program (EDP) invitee list.
The athletes will participate in a pre-season strength and conditioning program and twice weekly coaching sessions with Queensland Firebirds assistant coach Jenny Brazel and newly appointed Fusion coach Tracey Jeans-Fraser until late December.
The squad will be refined to 12 athletes, plus the four Firebirds training partners, and recommence preparations for the Australian Netball League (ANL) season in early January.
Netball Queensland High Performance General Manager Richard McInnes said the invitees featured a mix of exciting young talent and established Samsung Queensland State Netball League (QSNL) athletes.
“This squad is brimming with elite level talent and the chance to train week-in, week-out with determined, like-minded athletes will be hugely beneficial,” McInnes said.
“By January we will have refined a squad that will be in a fantastic position to compete with the best at ANL level. The program will also enrich the already fantastic quality of QSNL for the athletes returning to their clubs.
“We wish all invitees the best for the year and look forward to working with them in the coming months.”
The invitee list was chosen in conjunction with the feedback of the six Samsung QSNL division one coaches.
In other Fusion news, former Queensland 21 and under coach Christine Voge and former Australian men’s netball captain Garry Pashen have been appointed as assistant coaches.
Netball Queensland EDP invitee list: Alexia Baker, Bella Sorby, Beryl Friday, Binnian Hunt, Bridey Condren, Claire Haigh, Danielle Taylor, Harriett Adsett, Jacqui Russell, Jada Gafa, Jemmason Power, Kristen Oxenford, Leah Middleton, Lenora Misa, Luci Benjamin, Macey Gardner, Maddie Hinchliffe, Mia Henderson, Rylie Holland, Sally Butters, Sarapheinna Woulf, Shenae Grant, Steph Noble, Tara Hinchliffe, Tippah Dwan, Vanessa Augustini.