Three Queensland players, including two Mission Queensland Firebirds, have been named in the World Youth Championship team to head to Glasgow in August 2013.
Firebirds’ Kimberley Ravaillion and Gabi Simpson along with former Australian 19/U international basketballer and 2013 Firebirds replacement player, Gretel Tippett, have been selected.
With three months until Australia opens its World Youth Netball Championship title defence against Israel in Glasgow, coach Carol Byers this morning named the three impressive Queenslanders in her 12-player team at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
Byers, along with selectors Lisa Alexander and Cathy Fellows, have picked an experienced team which includes seven players with ANZ Championship experience, including Kimberley Ravaillion, who has already made her international Test debut with the Australian Diamonds.
“We’ve selected a 12-player team that’s strong, athletic and experienced across all areas of the court,” coach Byers said.
“Having such a breadth of experience in the team, including three international Tests and 66 games of ANZ Championship, means that our athletes have already tested themselves against some of the best players in the world despite their age.”
The World Youth Netball Championships, which runs from August 22 – 31, has launched the careers of some of netball’s most recognisable athletes including Liz Ellis, Catherine Cox, Julie Corletto, Laura Geitz and Madison Browne.
Diamonds coach and Australian 21/U selector Lisa Alexander said she’s looking forward to seeing the next generation of Diamonds take the international stage.
“While I’ve had the opportunity to see Kim (Ravaillion) make her international debut against England in January, I’m excited to seeing our up and coming athletes step up against their peers from around the world, giving these athletes their first taste of a world championship competition,” Alexander said.
The Australian 21/U team will use the Australian Netball League (ANL), the national underpinning competition to the ANZ Championship which kicks off on Saturday 6 July, to prepare for the 10-day tournament in Glasgow, Scotland.
The ANL will give us the opportunity to develop our tactics, combinations and strategies in a highly competitive and skilful environment against our country’s best talent outside of the ANZ Championship,” Byers said.
Australia, named in Group A along with South Africa, Fiji, Israel and Namibia, will open its World Youth Netball Championships campaign against Israel on August 23 at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Australia has won four of six World Youth Netball Championships since its inception in 1988.
Netball Qld and the Mission Queensland Firebirds congratulate Kim, Gabi and Gretel on their outstanding achievement.
Australian 21/U Team for the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships:
Kimberley Ravaillion (Queensland Firebirds/NSW)
Gabi Simpson (Queensland Firebirds/NSW)
Gretel Tippett (Queensland Firebirds replacement player 2013/Queensland)
Kristina Brice (AIS/NSW)
Paige Hadley (NSW Swifts/NSW)
Courtney Bruce (West Coast Fever/ WA)
Cody Lange (AIS/SA)*
Maddy Proud (AIS/SA)
Kate Shimmin (AIS/Adelaide Thunderbirds/SA)
Kaylia Stanton (AIS/WA)
Joanna Weston (AIS/VIC)
Micaela Wilson (AIS/VIC) *subject to fitness
Coach: Carol Byers
Assistant Coach: Anita Keelan
Manager: Bree McDonald
Physiotherapist: Heidi Pollington
Massage Therapist: Susan Lewis