Victorians named in National Talent Squad

Six Victorian netballers have been named in Netball Australia’s 2018-2019 National Talent Squad, identified as some of Australia’s brightest emerging talent.

Victorians Jane Cook, Kate Eddy, Matilda Garrett, Tayla Honey, Sharni Lambden and Alice Teague-Neeld have all been selected in the squad, the most of any state, showcasing the depth of Victorian netball talent.

Jane Cook – At just 20 years of age, the 201cm goaler has a wealth of experience. A member of the Adelaide Thunderbirds team in 2017, Cook has had a taste of elite netball experience. Cook claimed the 2018 Deakin University Australian Netball League premiership with the Tasmanian Magpies in 2018, scoring 37 goals in the grand final.

Kate Eddy – after completing her first year of Suncorp Super Netball, the NSW Swifts defender caps off her debut year with selection into the National Talent Squad. Signing with the Swifts again for 2019, Eddy is a young defender on the rise.

Matilda Garrett – Garrett is another young Victorian defender who flourished in her debut year of Super Netball. Playing for Magpies Netball, Garrett held her own against some of the league’s best attacking lines. Her form in her debut season shone with her recent selection in the Australian Fast5 World Series team.

Tayla Honey – the 21-year-old’s inclusion in the squad comes after signing her first contract with a Super Netball team, playing for the Melbourne Vixens in 2019. Honey, who took the court for the Vixens as a replacement player in 2018, is continuing to grow as a player after her selection in the squad.

Sharni Lambden – the 2018 Tasmanian Magpies Best and Fairest winner has had a 2018 to remember. The young player has been identified as a future star.

Alice Teague-Neeld – after just completing her fourth year of elite netball, the young goaler is another who has gained valuable experience. Playing for the Melbourne Vixens in 2015 and 2016, and Magpies Netball in 2017 and 2018, Teague-Neeld will make the move over to Perth to be a part of the West Coast Fever for the 2019 season.

2018 Victorian Fury defender, Rudi Ellis has also been named in the squad, after a stellar season on court for which she received the Fury’s Coaches Award.


2018-2019 National Talent Squad

Kiera Austin (NSW)

Mahalia Cassidy (QLD)

Jane Cook (VIC)

Kate Eddy (VIC)

Rudi Ellis (NSW)

Sophie Garbin (WA)

Matilda Garrett (VIC)

Sasha Glasgow (SA)

Tara Hinchliffe (QLD)

Charlee Hodges (SA)

Tayla Honey (VIC)

Kimberly Jenner (QLD)

Cara Koenen (QLD)

Sharni Lambden (VIC)

Annika Lee-Jones (WA)

Kristiana Manu’a (NSW)

Jemma Mi Mi (QLD)

Hannah Petty (SA)

Maddy Proud (SA)

Kelsey Rainbow (TAS)

Kaylia Stanton (WA)

Alice Teague-Neeld (VIC)

Maddy Turner (SA)