Changes made to 21/U national squad

2014 21/U National Championships WA v ACTNATIONAL selectors have made three changes to this year’s Australian 21/U squad.

Queensland’s Mahalia Cassidy, Victorian Maggie Lind and West Australian Numi Tupaea have been drafted into the squad to replace Kim Ravaillion, who has been named in the Australian Commonwealth Games team, and injured pair New South Wales’ Taylah Davies and South Australia’s Gia Abernathy.

The original squad was named following the 21/U National Netball Championships played in Adelaide in March.2014 21/U National Championships  NSW v Queensland

Australian 21/U coach Tania Obst said she and selectors Nicole Richardson, Lisa Alexander and Michelle den Dekker are confident the incoming trio will take their opportunity to be part of national squad.

“Obviously it’s very exciting for Kim to be selected in Commonwealth Games team and extreme disappointing for Gia and Tay that they’ve long-term knee injuries,” Obst said.

“I wish them both the very best of luck with their rehabilitation and a return to the court in 2015.

“But one door closes and it opens for others. You have to take your opportunities when they are presented to you and it’s extremely exciting for these three girls and I really hope they take this opportunity and make the most of it.”

2014 21/U National Championships  Grand Final SA v VicCassidy was a late inclusion to Queensland’s team for the 21/U nationals and also represented the state at last month’s 19/U national titles in Melbourne.

The 21/U squad will attend a selection trial between 14-16 September at the Netball Centre of Excellence in Canberra, which coincides with an Australian Diamonds training camp.

A week-long tour of New Zealand is also planned in late September and October.

“They are fully aware of the standard that’s required and we would be wanting them to be continuing to work on their games heading up the selection camp,” Obst said.

The revised Australian 21/U squad is: Kelly Altmann (SA), Kristina Brice (NSW), Courtney Bruce (WA/West Coast Fever), Mahalia Cassidy (QLD) Beryl Friday (QLD), Sarah Klau (SA), Cody Lange (SA/Adelaide Thunderbirds), Chelsea Lemke (SA), Maggie Lind (Victoria) Madeline McAuliffe (QLD), Emily Mannix (VIC), Kristiana Manu’a (NSW), Kate Moloney (VIC/Melbourne Vixens), Madeleine Proud (SA/Adelaide Thunderbirds), Kaylia Stanton (WA/West Coast Fever), Gretel Tippett (QLD/NSW Swifts), Numi Tupaea (WA), Maddy Turner (SA), Georgie Virgo (SA), Chloe Watson (VIC), Elizabeth Watson (VIC/Melbourne Vixens), Joanna Weston (VIC/Melbourne Vixens).