AIS TO BID FAREWELL AND TAKE ON THE WORLD

Tasmanian netball fans will have the opportunity to farewell our best young talent in Week 6 action of the Australian Netball League this weekend before they head off to take on the world’s best.

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The AIS is making its final two appearances of the competition in the north-west Tasmanian coastal town of Ulverstone before leaving to represent Australia at the World Youth Netball Championships in Scotland.

The team flies out on Wednesday night.

The AIS squad boasts six players who have been named in the Australian Diamonds and the Australian Fast5 team over the past week – Kim Ravaillion, Paige Hadley, Courtney Bruce, Gabi Simpson, Gretel Tippett and Jo Weston.

They take on the NNSW Waratahs at the Ulverstone Sports & Leisure Centre at 4.00pm tomorrow before meeting host side Tassie Spirit at 12.00pm on Sunday.

AIS – and Australian 21/U – coach Carol Byers said this weekend’s matches will be the first for the ANL season she will have her entire squad available to play.

“Kim, Paige and Gabi were all involved with the (Australian) Diamonds camp last weekend so this will be the first time that we’ve had our centre court together,” Byers said.

“So this will be great preparation for us before we leave for Glasgow. These girls are the future of Australian netball.

“The number of athletes who progress from the World Youth Championship team to the Diamonds is quite staggering, so it’s a great opportunity for netball fans in Tasmania to see all of our up-and-coming talent in action this weekend.”

Ulverstone is also hosting a crucial game on Sunday at 10.00am between the fifth-placed NNSW Waratahs and the Queensland Fusion (fourth).

With the AIS – who currently sit in third spot on the ladder – not participating in the finals, a victory will move the Waratahs two games clear of the nearest rivals the Southern Force and Western Sting heading into the final week of the season in Sydney next weekend.

The finals will be held in Adelaide over the weekend of 24-25 August.

The Waverley Netball Centre in Melbourne will host three matches over the weekend with the Victorian Fury looking to continue their unbeaten season when they take on the NNSW Blues on Sunday afternoon at 12.30pm.

The Victorian Flames play their final game of the regular season when they face bottom side Canberra Darters on Sunday at 10.30am.

The Southern Force, Western Sting and Territory Storm have the bye.

 

WEEK 6 FIXTURE:

Saturday 10 August

NNSW Waratahs v AIS

Ulverstone Sports & Leisure Centre, Ulverstone, Tasmania

4.00PM

 

Tassie Spirit v Queensland Fusion

Ulverstone Sports & Leisure Centre, Ulverstone, Tasmania

6.00PM

 

NNSW Blues v Canberra Darters

Waverley Netball Centre, Glen Waverley, Victoria

7.00PM

 

Sunday 11 August

Queensland Fusion v NNSW Waratahs

Ulverstone Sports & Leisure Centre, Ulverstone, Tasmania

10.00AM

 

Canberra Darters v Victorian Flames

Waverley Netball Centre, Glen Waverley, Victoria

10.30AM

 

AIS v Tassie Spirit

Ulverstone Sports & Leisure Centre, Ulverstone, Tasmania

12.00PM

 

Victorian Fury v NNSW Blues

Waverley Netball Centre, Glen Waverley, Victoria

12.30PM

 

Byes

Southern Force

Western Sting

Territory Storm