Netball Victoria talent leading the way

Yesterday National selectors announced the 21/U Australian Squad of 24 athletes, and Netball Victoria is proud to see a third of those named – including one contracted Melbourne Vixens player and three Vixens Training Partners – have come through our pathway program!

Of the 24 players listed, eight have come through or are now part of the Netball Victoria pathway and have benefited from the strength of our Victorian network.

Netball Victoria Chief Executive Officer, Rosie King, said she was thrilled to see many of our young stars featuring on the list.

“At Netball Victoria, we are constantly working to ensure we are providing netballers across our state with the best opportunities, through our pathway program.

“To see eight names on this list – a third – of the best young and upcoming netball talent has benefitted from our pathway is wonderful,” said King.

“It is great to see Emma Ryde, one of our young Melbourne Vixens players and three of our Vixens Training Partners (Kate Eddy, Kelsie Rainbow and Tayla Honey) also make selection. We see the talent and dedication of these players in the way they train each week and their performances on court in the Australian Netball League, and it is great to see this recognised with this announcement,” said King.

National selectors made the announcement this week, ahead of final team selection for the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup in May.

The team was named by Australian World Youth Cup Coach, Tania Obst, alongside national selector Jill McIntosh and Netball Australia’s General Manager Pathways, based on athletes’ performances in Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) and the Australian Netball League (ANL).

The Victorian athletes named in the 21/U Australian Squad are:

Jane Cook (Contracted with Adelaide Thunderbirds)

Kate Eddy (Training Partner Melbourne Vixens)

Matilda Garrett (Training Partner Collingwood Magpies)

Samantha Gooden (Training Partner Collingwood Magpies)

Tayla Honey (Training Partner Melbourne Vixens)

Emma Ryde (Contracted Melbourne Vixens)

Alice Teague-Neeld (Contracted Collingwood Magpies)

Kelsie Rainbow (Training Partner Melbourne Vixens/State of Origin – TAS)

The final 2017 Australian Netball World Youth Cup team will be announced in May, with consideration given to performances in remaining SSN games, and state league competitions.