Young Aussies taking on the Kiwis…….
Our young Australian Sonix squad has arrived in New Zealand, settled in and is ready to compete at the New Zealand Men’s Netball Championships, commencing Wednesday September 16th.
Being hosted in Wellington, the tournament is contested by provincial teams from all parts of New Zealand, and features some of the very best netballers in the world.
At the 2015 AMMNA Championships, selectors chose Australian teams form all divisions, including these two touring teams, the Australian 17 & Under Boys Netball Team and the Australian 20 & Under Men’s Netball Team. Speaking before the squad departed, AMMNA President Grant Crocker was delighted that these young players have the opportunity to compete internationally. “It’s wonderful for these boys. Opportunities to play internationally are difficult to come by in Men’s Netball, even for our senior squads. We’re very appreciative that our New Zealand counterparts have welcomed us entering these teams into their tournament”, said Mr. Crocker.
At the tournament, the Aussie 17’s will play in the 23 & Under division, whilst the Aussie 20’s face the challenging task of competing in the open division against 18 other senior teams. Sonix 20 & Under coach, Darren Kelly was excited with his charges, “we had a camp in Melbourne a few weeks back, and the boys really impressed. To be honest I was pleasantly surprised at the standard the boys are at. This tour is all about their development. Playing against the experienced big bodies of the senior kiwi teams is going to be a great experience for these boys, and who knows, they may just surprise a few”.
AUSTRALIAN 17 & UNDER BOYS: Adam Matthews (vic), Ben Bingley (vic), Cameron Neale (vic), Dale Mason (vic), Didier Michel (nsw), Jack Edwards (nsw), Joel Gosbell (vic), Manawa Aranui (vic), Steven Ribaroski (nsw), Taylor Fraser (nsw), Coach: Matt Blomeley (vic), Manager: Karen Wild (vic)
AUSTRALIAN 20 & UNDER MEN: Jackson Mynott (vic), Jayden Cowling (vic), Joshua Burns (vic), Joshua Byron (nsw), Luke Marko-Rawlings (vic), Matthew Branch (qld), Matthew Burton (qld), Mytchell McIntyre (qld), Nathan Begley (vic), Travis Malmsheimer (qld), Coach: Darren Kelly (nsw), Manager: Esther Latimour (nsw)
TRAINER: Nathan Nolan (vic)
TOURING UMPIRES: Jordan Kiss (nsw), Peta Ingall (nsw), Renee Marshall (nsw), Sue Holden (qld)
AMMNA OFFICIALS: International Director – Vincent De Luca (nsw), Umpire Director – Maureen Stephenson (nsw)