SASI sets bar high again in national World Youth Cup squad

Twenty 24 athletes have received an early Christmas present by winning selection in the 2019/20 Australian Netball World Youth Cup squad - eight of those players from South Australia

SOUTH Australia's reputation of providing the ideal launching pad for young netballers furthering their careers has been realised again.

Twenty four athletes have been selected in the 2019/20 Australian Netball World Youth Cup squad, with the aim of making the 2021 Netball World Youth Cup in Suva, Fiji, with eight of those chosen from South Australia.

A combination of excellent results in the Suncorp Super League, national netball titles, Australian Netball League and training camps in 2019 have gone toward the athletes gaining the selectors' attentions.

The eight players from SA are: Nyah Allen, Lucy Austin, Chelsea Blackman, Georgia Dent, Kimberley Hearnden, Georgie Horjus, Tyler Orr and Tayla Williams

SA Sports Institute Head Netball Coach Jenny Borlase said the selections again showed the strength of the local programs.

I'm very happy with the selections and it is reflective of our state and SASI programs ," Borlase said.

"Now we need to work even harder to get on to that final 12 for the team.

"A couple of other athletes were unlucky not to make the squad but there is still a chance for them to make it with other selections during next year.''

Hearnden is still eligible for under-17 competitions, while Blackman, Dent, Orr and Williams have finished their under-19 commitments and will be striving to make the ANL competition which is a feeder comp for the Suncorp Super Netball League.

The youth squad will first meet at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for a four-day camp beginning on Friday, February 14.

It will have several matches among the group and work on various combinations.

A second squad selection is expected to be made in late 2020.

Those athletes will represent Australia on a tour of Fiji and play several matches to prepare for the international competition the following year.

Australia has won the netball youth world cup four times - in 1988, 1996, 2000 and 2009.

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