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.