The 2017 inaugural Magpies side is filled with a broad range of talent. Whilst comprising several Australian Diamonds players, the Magpies also have an array of talented youth.
The Diamonds are to travel to South Africa and England in January and February 2017 and will be led by our very own Sharni Layton. Along side her, Caitlin Thwaites has been appointed Vice-Captain, as well as Kim Ravaillion also being named in the Diamonds leadership group.
But it is not just our senior players who are shooting goals outside of the club. After being named in the 2016/17 Australian World Youth Cup Squad, Magpies Alice Teague-Neeld, Matilda Garrett and Sam Gooden ventured to Canberra in mid November for a training camp. The 2017 tournament will be held in Gaborone, Botswana, where 20 countries will compete with players aged 21 and younger.
We are excited to announce all three girls have been named in the squad for the 2017 tour of Fiji.
Additionally, training partners Sharni Lambden and Matilda Garrett have recently been named in the U/19 Victorian State Team. They will compete at the 2017 National Netball Championships in April held in Canberra.
Magpies Head Coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell says, “It’s really exciting to see them progress through the Netball Victoria pathway and it’s really important that we support that pathway.”
“Those two girls in particular have worked really hard across the last two to three years to make sure their names are on that list and they are really proud to wear that Victorian uniform.”
For some of these younger players, it is still difficult to comprehend that they are now training with players they have looked up to for years.
“One of our training partner’s hero is one of our players who she is now actually training with. To watch her train with her hero and step up, you can only imagine what’s running through her head doing that ball work. That’s an awesome netball story for me, personally.”
Keppich-Birrell notes that the diversity in age and experience within the team is important as each player can improve and learn from their teammates
“So whether you’re a diamond or a Victorian U/19 team, you’ve got something to add.”