Four young Magpies have been named in the 2019 Australian National Development Squad.
Sharni Lambden, Matilda Garrett, Kelsie Rainbow and Jane Cook have all been selected by Netball Australia who identify up and coming national talent with the idea of preparing them for higher honours.
Recently appointed Collingwood Magpies Assistant Coach, Kate Upton, has worked closely with the Magpies selected and is pleased to see their efforts rewarded.
“It’s a great opportunity for their growth as individuals and I’m proud to have been a part of their journey so far”, Upton told Magpies Netball.
After an impressive 2017 ANL season with the Tasmanian Magpies, Matilda Garrett, has shown great development having made her Magpies Netball debut this season. Garrett was recently selected in the Australian Fast Five squad.
“Tilly has an amazing skillset which is credit to her fantastic work rate”, Upton said.
Tasmanian local, Kelsie Rainbow, proved a key target for the Tasmanian Magpies premiership team and the wing-attack was awarded Best Player in Finals. Bringing great speed and agility, Rainbow’s hard work has been acknowledged with a spot on the Collingwood Magpies list for 2019.
“Kelsie is a workhorse who is always willing to take that next step, making her so dominant down the entire court”, Upton said.
Mid-courter Sharni Lambden proved essential to the Tasmanian Magpies this year, seeing her awarded the 2018 Best and Fairest. Since joining the club as a training partner in 2017, Lambden’s marvellous efforts have provided her with the opportunity to train with the Australian Diamonds earlier this year.
“Sharni is such an exciting package being extremely athletic and a great all rounder”, Upton said.
Hailing from Albury-Wodonga, Jane Cook is one of the tallest players in Australian netball. With clear movement within the ring alongside fabulous accuracy, Cook was integral to the success of the ANL premiership side.
“It’s been great to see her grow mentally and improve her ability to execute that holding position within the ring especially with her height”, Upton acknowledged.
The squad will commence training in the coming months.
Australian Netball Development Squad
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