By: Netball Australia

Netball Australia has named 14 athletes in the 2022 Australia 21/U Squad after many of Australia’s most promising netball talent competed at the Australian Netball Championships last week.

Netball Australia Chair of Selectors, Michelle Wilkins, spoke to the level of talent displayed at the Australian Netball Championships which aided in selection making.

“It’s incredibly exciting to see a lot of young talent coming through the Netball Australia pathway and to have seen all athletes embracing the opportunity at the Championships,” Wilkins said.

“Having two years without a competition like this, it really was great to see a mixture of experienced players and younger players taking the court and has created a great environment for learning and growth within all the teams.”

The selected squad will complete a four-day training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport this September. A pivotal development tool, the camp will provide athletes with specialist coaching, match play and off court education.

Anita Keelan, Netball Australia Pathway Head Coach and Selector, will lead the upcoming camp, focusing on building connections on and off the court and understanding team dynamics. “The performances across the Australian National Championships have demonstrated the depth of talent in the Australian pathway with the quality of netball improving every day across the week,” Keelan said.

“I’m very excited to be working with this squad and specialist coaches Jenny Borlase (goalers), Elissa Kent (midcourt) and Cathy Fellows (defence) at the upcoming camp to continue each athlete’s individual growth and development.”

Five athletes of the squad are contracted to 2023 Suncorp Super Netball teams including Annie Miller (Sunshine Coast Lightning), Lucy Austin (Adelaide Thunderbirds), Nyah Allen (Collingwood Magpies), Matisse Letherbarrow (GIANTS Netball) and Amy Sligar (GIANTS Netball).

Australian 21/U Squad Athletes:

Surname First Name Club / (State of Origin)
Austin Lucy Southern Force (SA)
Allen Nyah Collingwood (SA)
Barkmeyer Ruby Victorian Fury (VIC)
Bell Charlie Queensland Sapphires (QLD)
Caris Maggie Victorian Fury (VIC)
Donoghue Jemma GIANTS Academy (NSW)
Frew Lauren Southern Force (SA)
Grenvold Jessie Southern Force (SA)
Letherbarrow Matisse GIANTS Academy (NSW)
Miller Annie Sunshine Coast Lightning (NSW)
Mi Mi Leesa Queensland Sapphires (QLD)
Reekers Martina Sunshine Coast Lightning (QLD)
Sligar Amy GIANTS Academy (NSW)
Watson Molly Southern Force (SA)

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