Congrats to Temalisi and Jane, Ellie, Erikana and Zoe for their Silver Ferns Squad recognition
Netball New Zealand is pleased to announce the 2017/18 Silver Ferns Squad and Development Squad, as well as the teams to compete in the Netball Quad Series and Taini Jamison Trophy.
The 16-player Silver Ferns squad features three new faces including NZU21s shooter Monica Falkner, Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse midcourter Whitney Souness and Silvermoon Tactix defender Temalisi Fakahokotau who makes her return to the national programme after playing two Tests in 2014.
The squad has a combined total of 420 Test Caps, while the Development Squad features three players from the victorious NZU21 team, as well as the return of Ameliaranne Ekenasio following the birth of her first child.
Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby says she was impressed with the performances at trials, particularly the young players coming through.
“This is a crucial time for us as we countdown to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April,” Southby said.
“Our upcoming matches against Australia, South Africa and England will provide further opportunities for us to build combinations and expose players to the intensity of Test Match Netball.
“There is some exciting, young talent coming through and we’ve seen them stand up and consistently deliver under pressure in the ANZ Premiership and at Netball World Youth Cup. Now we’ll get the opportunity to test them on the international stage.”
The Silver Ferns will open their international season in Brisbane on Saturday 26 August against South Africa’s SPAR Proteas in the Netball Quad Series.
2017/18 Silver Ferns Squad Name – 2017 Team Gina Crampton – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel Kayla Cullen - Northern Stars Temalisi Fakahokotau – Silvermoon Tactix Monica Falkner - WBOP Magic Shannon Francois – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel Katrina Grant – Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse Kelly Jury - WBOP Magic Phoenix Karaka – Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse Bailey Mes – SKYCITY Mystics Grace Rasmussen - WBOP Magic Te Paea Selby-Rickit – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel Samantha Sinclair - WBOP Magic Whitney Souness - Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse Maria Tutaia - SKYCITY Mystics Jane Watson – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel Maia Wilson - Northern Stars
Silver Ferns team – Netball Quad Series Gina Crampton Shannon Francois Katrina Grant Kelly Jury Phoenix Karaka Bailey Mes Te Paea Selby-Rickit Samantha Sinclair Whitney Souness (on debut) Maria Tutaia Jane Watson Maia Wilson
Silver Ferns team – Taini Jamison Trophy Kayla Cullen Gina Crampton Temalisi Fakahokotau Monica Falkner (on debut) Shannon Francois Katrina Grant Kelly Jury Bailey Mes Grace Rasmussen Te Paea Selby-Rickit Maria Tutaia Jane Watson
2017/18 Silver Ferns Development Squad Name – 2017 Team/Zone Ellie Bird - Silvermoon Tactix Ameliaranne Ekenasio – Netball Central Abby Erwood – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel Jamie Hume – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel Claire Kersten – Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse Tiana Metuarau - Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse Erikana Pedersen – Silvermoon Tactix Storm Purvis – SKYCITY Mystics Michaela Sokolich-Beatson – SKYCITY Mystics Zoe Walker – Silvermoon Tactix