Australian teams ready for New Zealand Championships challenge

Three Australian representative teams are on their way to Invercargill for the 2017 New Zealand Mens Netball Championships which start later this week.

A total of 19 teams will compete in three Pools. The Australian Mens Reserve will compete in Pool Blue, the 20 & Under side in Pool Green and 17 & Under team in the 23 & Under competition. There will be crossover match play between the top sides in the Blue and Green pools come finals.

AMMNA President Grant Crocker says that the Australian teams are playing up a grade in terms of competition, which bodes well for the players’ learning and development.

“This is a development tour. It will give participants – coaches, players and umpires – the opportunity to improve their skills through exposure to new situations and different styles of play.”

Australian Mens Reserve coach Jenni Lewis has been tracking her team since selection in April. A training camp was held last month in Melbourne that included fitness and specialist sessions and intense match play. Players also had specialised individual fitness programs in the lead up to the camp.

“The main focus of the tournament is for the development of players, with the aim that some team members will reach Opens level within their respective states (for the Australian Championships).”

The chance to wear the green and gold uniform doesn’t come by often and the Australian players are all too aware of the privilege.

“Given that this is the first opportunity that players in the Mens Reserve division have had to represent (their country) in a touring side for a number of years, the players are very excited and appreciative of the opportunity.

I’m looking forward to the team establishing its own unique team bonds and culture and to see the pride that the players have in representing Australia.”

There will be some further Australian flavour amongst the New Zealand contingent, with the Southland Gold side being coached by former Australian Diamonds legend Natalie Avellino.

AMMNA congratulates the Australian representative athletes, coaches and staff on their selection and wish them the very best for their endeavours across the ditch.

The tournament draw can be found here.

 

17 & Under
Cole Brokmann (NSW)
Nick Cameron Neser (ACT)
Hayden Considine (NSW)
Cooper Ellis (NSW)
Ryan Lowery (QLD)
Daimon Malone (NSW)
Walt Morton (ACT)
Harper Paniora (ACT)
Joshua Rochow (ACT)
Jackson Turner (VIC)
Coach: Jill Joyce (ACT)
Asst. coach: Josh Bogers (NSW)
Manager: May Bailey (NSW)

 

20 & Under
Caleb Barnden (SA)
Clayton Blackmore-Wells (SA)
Stephen Brice (NSW)
Jason Coles (QLD)
Hadley Dixon (VIC)
Jack Edwards (NSW)
Kyele Heagney (VIC)
Ben McAllister (VIC)
Jake Novak (VIC)
Kai Suzuki (VIC)
Coach: Matt Blomeley (VIC)
Manager: Brooke Berry (NSW)

 

Reserve Mens
Clint Allwood (VIC)
Chris Cameron (VIC)
Ray Campillo (QLD)
Simon Cartright (VIC)
Mason Charrington (QLD)
Josh Clavarino (VIC)
Brent Ferguson (NSW)
Patrick Griffin (QLD)
Rein Kivivali (VIC)
Joshua Logan (QLD)
Lance Melila (QLD)
Coach: Jenni Lewis (VIC)
Asst. coach: Brooke Trevena (SA)
Manager: Lisa Mynott (VIC)

 

Umpires: Anna Relyea (NSW), Kylie Pearce (VIC), Carly Brown (ACT), Jessica Roach (NSW)
Trainer: Vanessa Alvaro (SA)

 

Australian Mens Reserve captain Mason Charrington. Photo: PW Photography

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