Netball New Zealand (NNZ) is pleased to confirm the 21 athletes selected in the NZ Secondary Schools (NZSS) squad.
The squad was selected following the recent National Development Camp, as well as performances throughout the 2016 season.
Mary-Jane Araroa (coach) and Charissa Barham (assistant coach) will guide the NZSS team, which will be selected from this squad following the Netball NZ U17 Champs in July.
Congratulations to the following athletes:
Name - Team 2016 - Zone 2016
Ainsleyana Puleiata - St Mary’s College - Central
Ali Wilshier - Waikato Diocesan School for Girls - WBOP
Aliyah Dunn - Verdon College - South
Asher Mason - Westlake Girls High School - Northern
Ashleigh Garner - St Kentigern College - Northern
Bianca Nagaiya - Epsom Girls’ Grammar School - Northern
Briana Stephenson - Napier Girls’ High School - Central
Grace Watson - St Paul’s Collegiate School - WBOP
Greer Sinclair - Epsom Girls’ Grammar School - Northern
Jaydi Chaffey-Taylor - Napier Girls’ High School - Central
Julia Law - Kapiti College - Central
Kate Heffernan - St Hilda’s Collegiate School - South
Kate Littlejohn - St Paul’s Collegiate SchooL - WBOP
Lahaina-Lee Upu- Toparea - Mt Albert Grammar School - Northern
Ofa Vatikani - One Tree Hill College - Northern
Olivia Clark - St Andrews College - Mainland
Renee Savai’inaea - St Mary’s College - Central
Tayla Earle - St Kentigern College - Northern
Theresa Ngata - Aorere College - Northern
Tiana Metuarau - Wellington East Girls High School - Central
Victoria Kolose - St Kentigern College - Northern
Netball Mainland has injected some new faces into its 2017 Beko Netball League squad but has plenty of experience to call on for its looming campaign.
Newcomers Mahara Feala, Tiana Placid and Kayla Williams – who all featured in last year’s premier club grand final in Christchurch – will join a squad of 10 for the national competition which runs from early April until June.
Feala (mid-courter) and Placid (shooter) were key members in guiding their Technical club side to the final for the first time while Williams is a dynamic defender who was a stand-out for premier club champions Kereru.
The side includes former Mainland Tactix players Sophia Fenwick and Chloe Williamson along with Lily Marshall who was a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools team last year.
The 10-strong squad will also be joined by four Mainland Tactix training partners including Caitlin Dowden, Olivia Coughlan, and Kate Lloyd – who were part of Mainland’s Beko Netball League campaign last year – as well as Fijian-born defender Kelera Nawai who has been on a scholarship at St Andrew’s College in Christchurch for the past two-and-a-half years. They will join the side after March 19.
New Mainland coach Marianne Delaney-Hoshek said she was excited to work with the blend of experienced players, who were part of last year’s side, and some fresh faces who were ready to take the next step.
“I think we’ve got a dynamic group who play an exciting style of Netball and we can’t wait to start building for the start of the 2017 Beko Netball League,” she said.
Now in its second year, the Beko Netball League was introduced to strengthen the development of talent and competitiveness of Netball New Zealand’s elite teams.
In 2017, six teams will play a double round robin culminating in a Grand Final with South the inaugural winners last year.
Mainland squad: Bella James, Ellie Bird, Mahara Feala, Jess Shaw, Chloe Williamson, Lily Marshall, Tiana Placid, Kayla Williams, Lily Fletcher, Sophia Fenwick. Caitlin Dowden, Olivia Coughlan, Kate Lloyd, Kelera Nawai (to join squad after March 19).
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