New Zealand names squad for Netball World Youth Cup 2017

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 Clubs.

“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

Aliyah Dunn* – Southland U19

Charlotte Elley – Mainland Tactix

Abby Erwood – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel

Monica Falkner – Netball WBOP Beko team

Holly Fowler – SKYCITY Mystics

Jamie Hume – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel

Fa’amu Ioane – SKYCITY Mystics

Kelly Jury** – WBOP Magic

Tiana Metuarau – Central Beko team

Theresa Ngata* – Netball North Harbour U19

Jennifer O’Connell – Netball South Beko team

Kimiora Poi – Central Beko team

Ainsleyanna Puleiata* – Wellington A U17

Mila Reuelu- Buchanan – Netball Central Beko team

Renee Savaiinaea – Wellington A U17

Michaela Sokolich-Beatson – SKYCITY Mystics

Maia Wilson** – Central Pulse

* Denotes athletes whose selection is subject to fitness.

** Denotes eligible for NZ U21 selection and currently in Silver Ferns squad.

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