Netballers off to nationals

THE state under-17 and under-19 netball teams will head to Melbourne tomorrow to compete in the 2014 national championships at the Waverley Netball Centre.

Players from Hobart, Launceston, the North-West Coast and the North-East region have been selected in the state teams.

The competition starts on Monday and continues until Saturday.

``On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday both teams play two games each day, which is a tough ask for all the states,'' 19 and under team manager Narelle Cameron said.

``As always Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland are tough competitors and the players will need to be at their fittest to compete against these teams.''

Both teams have been training in preparation for the national championships since February with under-17 coach Andrew Jackson and assistant Alicia Sargeant and the under-19 coach Erin Baker and assistant Shane Fish.

Cavaliers player and national talent identification squad member Kelsie Rainbow was forced to withdraw from the 19 and under team with an injury but will attend the championship as part of the support staff.

17-AND-UNDER TEAM: Shelby Miller  captain (Launceston), Dana Lester  vice-capt (North East), Deanna Wadley (Launceston), Laura Negri (Hobart), Emma Johns (Hobart), Frances Di Carlo (Hobart), Ashlee Campbell (Hobart), Hollie Moore (Hobart), Kate Percy (Burnie - North West), Nikki Miller (Burnie - North West), Hannah Lee (Dport - North West), Natalia Ayesu (North West).

19-AND-UNDER TEAM: Georgie Briggs - captain (Lton), Brooke Jones  vice-captain (Hobart), Emily Sharp (Hobart), Gemma Evans (Hobart), Kate Archer (Hobart), Emily Miles (Hobart), Stephanie Weichelt (Burnie), Maddison McDougall (North East), Ashlea Mawer (Launceston), Kate von Stieglitz (Launceston), Victoria Honner (Victoria  import), Madeline Stewart (Victoria  import).

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