Netball New Zealand is pleased to announce the 29 athletes who have been selected to trial for the New Zealand U21 team. The trials, to be held in Auckland from November 24-27, will pit the best young talent in the country head-to-head for the opportunity to be selected in the NZ U21 squad for Netball World Youth Cup GABORONE 2017 (NWYC2017), July 8-16 2017.
The NZ U21 team is the reigning world champions having defeated Australia at the last NWYC Glasgow 2013, 52-47.
The triallists include a mixture of players who have participated in National Domestic Events, the former trans-Tasman Netball League, Beko Netball League, Secondary Schools events, NZA, FAST5 Ferns and Silver Ferns.
The final squad will be reduced to a team of 12 prior to NWYC2017 who will head to Botswana to defend the title.
The NZ U21 team has been drawn in Pool A for NWYC2017 against Sri Lanka, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Samoa.
NZ U21 triallists:
Name - 2016 Team
Eseta Autagavaia - Netball Northern Beko team
Kate Burley - Netball Northern Beko team
Caitlin Dowden - Netball Mainland Beko team
Aliyah Dunn - Southland U19
Charlotte Elley - Mainland Tactix
Abby Erwood – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel
Sophie Erwood - Netball South Beko team
Courtney Elliott* - Netball WBOP Beko team
Monica Falkner* - Netball WBOP Beko team
Holly Fowler - SKYCITY Mystics
Sydney Fraser* - Netball Northern Beko Team
Jamie Hume – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel
Fa’amu Ioane – SKYCTIY Mystics
Kelly Jury* - WBOP Magic
Grace Kukutai - Netball Northern Beko team
Kate Lloyd* - Netball Mainland Beko team
Tauhi Lopeti - Netball Northern Beko team
Lily Marshall - Netball Mainland Beko team
Tiana Metuarau - Netball Central Beko team
Theresa Ngata - Netball North Harbour U19
Jennifer O’Connell - Netball South Beko team
Mererangi Paul* - Auckland Netball U19
Kimmiora Poi - Netball 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
Api Taufa* - Netball Central Beko Team
Maia Wilson - Central Pulst
*denotes athletes who are currently injured but are still eligible for selection in the squad. These athletes may be medically cleared to participate prior to trials.