22 year old NSW defender, Sarah Klau has been selected in the Australian Fast5 team, with Emily Mannix omitted due to Samsung Diamonds commitments.
Mannix was a late addition to the Diamonds Netball Quad Series team, and will also travel in the Constellation Cup team in early October.
The ten athletes will represent Australia at the Fast5 Netball World Series at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena this October 28 and 29.
Laura Scherian and Chloe Watson have also been included as reserves, and will attend the Fast5 training camp from 4-6 October.
“The change in our Constellation Cup team, has enabled us to give Sarah the opportunity for the Fast5 Netball World Series. It highlights the contingent depth we have in Australia,” said Australian Fast5 coach, Stacey Marinkovich on the 22-year-old defender’s inclusion.
“To have a young player get that experience and be able to challenge in that environment is extremely exciting not only for the team, but also for our depth and pool of players coming through.”
Preparations are well underway with state based training sessions, ahead of the team training camp at the AIS in Canberra from 4-6 October.
“With the support of all the Suncorp Super Netball clubs, we’re able to make sure that all the girls are prepared for the camp at the beginning of October, where we’ll have some match play opportunities, really set our strategy and what we’re trying to do as a team and see where we can go.”
Australia will take on the world’s best netballing nations; New Zealand, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa, and will be working to claim their first Fast5 Netball World Series gold medal.
Australian Fast5 Team
* denotes 2017/18 Australian Diamonds squad member
Name (2017 Suncorp Super Netball team/ state of origin)
Ash Brazill (Magpies Netball/New South Wales)
Paige Hadley* (NSW Swifts/New South Wales)
Sarah Klau (NSW Swifts/South Australia)
Nat Medhurst (West Coast Fever/South Australia)
Kate Moloney* (Melbourne Vixens/Victoria)
Tegan Philip* (Melbourne Vixens/Victoria)
Sam Poolman (GIANTS Netball/New South Wales)
Kate Shimmin (Queensland Firebirds/South Australia)
Gretel Tippett* (Queensland Firebirds/Queensland)
Maddy Turner (NSW Swifts/South Australia)
Laura Scherian (Sunshine Coast Lightning/Victoria)
Kaylia Stanton (West Coast Fever/Western Australia)
Chloe Watson (Melbourne Vixens/Victoria)
General admission tickets for this year’s Fast5 Netball World Series are on sale via Ticketek.
Fan Packages are also available for purchase and are designed to give fans the ultimate Fast5 Netball World Series experience. For more information, visit www.fast5worldseries.com.au.