Netball is NZ's premier female sport and has the talent to prove it ... here are our top 4 for 2015.
Courtney Elliott was the only Waikato-BoP player selected in the 12-strong NZSS team to compete at the trans-Tasman U19 Netball Tournament in May. Courtney, who attends Tai Wananga Ki Ruakura in Hamilton, plays for Fraser Tech Premier Netball Club as a shooter. However she caught the selector’s eye as a defender.
The 17-year old plays in the Hamilton City U19 team and is a talented all round athlete juggling netball with softball and basketball.
She was Waikato’s Secondary School Sport’s 2015 Netballer of the Year.
Mount Albert Grammar School and NZSS team captain and defender Holly Fowler spent five years in her school’s senior netball and helped them win four consecutive national titles between 2012-15.
She also plays club netball for the MAGS old girls team and has national U21 and U23 squad commitments. If that’s enough on her plate, she was also Head Girl at MAGS this year.
In 2016 she joins the Northern Mystics in the ANZ Championship.
Wellington East Girls' College’s co-captain and mid-courter Mila Reuelu-Buchanan made the NZSS netball team in May, for the second successive year. A Former shooter, Mila played games at Centre and Wing attack at the trans-Tasman Tournament.
She went on to help her side finish third at the Secondary Schools National Championships in Timaru, and was one of four Wellington East players to make the tournament team. A former New Zealand U15 Touch Rugby representative, she has a bright future on the netball court.
The second of Mount Albert Grammar School’s dynamic netball duo to have picked up a professional contract for 2016, along with Holly Fowler, Maia Wilson is heading to Wellington and the Central Pulse after finishing school.
Maia shot 230 of her 252 attempts at the NZSS Netball Championships for MAGS, including 36 from 39 in the final against St Kentigern College, as they clinched a four-peat of titles.
In November, Maia was selected to take part in the Silver Ferns and National Development Squad trials.
An accomplished basketballer, Maia also had offers on the table to join an American University on scholarship in 2016.
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