Hawks teammates Ashlea Mawer and Jamie Symons miss out on Tasmanian Magpies spots

UNLUCKY: Northern Hawks top state league sharpshooter Ashlea Mawer is one of four from the state to be left out of the Tasmanian Magpies squad.
UNLUCKY: Northern Hawks top state league sharpshooter Ashlea Mawer is one of four from the state to be left out of the Tasmanian Magpies squad.

Two Northern Hawks stars have been cut from the final Tasmanian Magpies playing roster ahead of the Australian Netball League season.

The Collingwood Super Netball feeder side trimmed its squad from 19 down to 15 players following a three-day training camp in Melbourne earlier this month.

New Launceston-based recruits Ashlea Mawer and Jamie Symons were two of four Tasmanians to miss out on a spot, along with Devon’s Hayley McDougall and Kingston’s Gemma Polley.

Goal shooter Mawer shot to prominence during the offseason after being named the 2017 Tasmanian State League player of the year.

Mawer and Symons joined Hawks 2017 State League grand final teammates Zoe Claridge and Ashton Whiley outed from last year’s squad. 

The Magpies are boosted by seven returning faces from their inaugural ANL campaign, including Cavaliers standout Shelby Miller.

The roster includes Hawks goaler Danni Pickett, Madeline Carter, from Riverside, and Winnaleah-raised Kelsie Rainbow, who will represent the Magpies for the first time.   

Carter and Rainbow play for Victorian club Melbourne University Lightning.

“This is a young group, but it’s filled with talented and determined athletes who are eager to make an impact on the netball court,” Magpies coach Kate Upton said. 

“With the mix of Tasmanian players and the Magpies training partners, we expect this team to be very competitive in 2018. Our program is important for the future of netball in Tasmania.”