Netball New Zealand is pleased to announce the NZ U21 squad, which will form the basis of the team for Netball World Youth Cup Gaborone 2017 (NWYC2017), July 8-16.
The squad was selected at the end of an intense four-day camp in Auckland, where the best up-and-coming talent in New Zealand went head-to-head.
NZ U21 coach Kiri Wills said the standard of play and skills were impressive, making selections difficult.
“Prior to camp I was looking forward to the new faces coming in and pushing for a spot in the squad – and that’s exactly what they did,” Wills said.
“This was one of the hardest processes I’ve been through; the competition for places was tight and that’s a strong indication of the work being done by the Zones and Centres.
“We have selected a squad that is robust, resilient and diverse in the skill set they bring – it’s an exciting mix and we are looking forward to the next stage of our campaign as we prepare to defend the title in Gaborone.”
The NZ U21 team is the reigning world champion having defeated Australia, 52-47, in 2013.
The final squad will be reduced to a team of 12 prior to NWYC2017. They have been drawn in Pool A against Sri Lanka, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Samoa.
Name 2016 Team 2016 Zone
Aliyah Dunn* Southland U19 Netball South
Charlotte Elley Mainland Tactix Netball Mainland
Abby Erwood Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel Netball South
Monica Falkner Netball WBOP Beko team Netball WBOP
Holly Fowler SKYCITY Mystics Netball Northern
Jamie Hume Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel Netball South
Fa’amu Ioane SKYCITY Mystics Netball Northern
Kelly Jury** WBOP Magic Netball WBOP
Tiana Metuarau Central Beko team Netball Central
Theresa Ngata* Netball North Harbour U19 Netball Northern
Jennifer O’Connell Netball South Beko team Netball South
Kimiora Poi Central Beko team Netball Central
Ainsleyanna Puleiata* Wellington A U17 Netball Central
Mila Reuelu- Buchanan Netball Central Beko team Netball Central
Renee Savaiinaea Wellington A U17 Netball Central
Michaela Sokolich-Beatson SKYCITY Mystics Netball Northern
Maia Wilson** Central Pulse Netball Central
* Denotes athletes whose selection is subject to fitness.
** Denotes eligible for NZ U21 selection and currently in Silver Ferns squad.
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