The defending champions are eyeing off their fourth consecutive title in the 21/U age group, a feat only achieved by two other states in the tournament’s history – New South Wales (2008-2011) and Victoria (twice).
The 21/U national titles will be played at The Silverdome in Launceston between March 8-13.
South Australia claimed a hat-trick of titles by winning on the Sunshine Coast last year, the third time the state has accomplished that.
The other occasions were 1959-1961 and 2002-2004.
South Australian coach Brian Lines, pictured, has been impressed with the way his athletes are preparing for this year’s titles with a number stepping up to the 21/U age group after representing the state at 17/U and 19/U level.
Defender Letisha Heintze represented the Northern Territory last year.
“Every state loses athletes through age each year but that’s not been a focus for us,” Lines said.
“I’m seeing a strong dedication from our group because they want to demonstrate they’re capable of playing at that level.
“We’ve got a really, good talented group. Rather than focusing on four (titles) in a row, we’re talking about how this could be the start of a new era for South Australia.”
Lines, entering his second year in charge of South Australia’s 21/U side, expects this year’s tournament to be closely-contested with ANZ Championship talent sprinkled through the respective states.
Queensland heads to Tasmania coming off a bronze medal at home last year, its best finish since 2009.
New South Wales finished fourth in 2015, its worst result in a decade, but will take a strong team aiming to win the state’s first title since 2012.
Western Australia has seven athletes returning from the 2015 titles and that experience will see it challenging for a top four finish.
Hosts Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory have prepared their athletes well to challenge for a spot in the finals.
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