World News – UA – Live Netball Updates: Silver Ferns vs. New Zealand A – NZ Herald


Teenage Northern Mystics goal shooter Grace Nweke is the only new face of the Silver Ferns

Coach Dame Noeline Taurua said the competition for national team spots was « pretty fierce » at the second national training camp in Wellington

Nweke is a player on the Silver Ferns development team who will take the plunge for the series starting tomorrow night.She is joined in the shooting circle by Monica Falkner who is returning from an ACL injury

The Silver Ferns and New Zealand A had trained together in a move that Taurua said would strengthen the respective programs

NZA will carry a core team of 11 players with the three players not included in each Silver Ferns match to save playing time with NZA

The team are coached by Marianne Delaney-Hoshek and assistant coach Gail ParataTaurua has said this strategy is aimed at building depth

« We have to take advantage of each other and put pressure on each other so that we can present the best possible product on the court, » Taurua said

New Zealand emerging talent selectors and head coach Yvette McCausland-Durie have also named the NZU21 squad for the series

With the experience of eight ANZ Premiership players under contract in 2021, including Georgie Edgecombe, Taneisha Fifita, Paris Lokotui, Parris Mason, Tiana Metuarau, Renee Savai’inaea, Savior Tui, Khiarna Williams, the team brimming with variation, speed and versatility

Nweke and midcourters Maddy Gordon and Tayla Earle are eligible for the NZU21 team but will be with the Silver Ferns and NZA teams during the series

The series will be part of Team NZU21’s preparation for the Netball Youth World Cup next year where they aim to win a third consecutive world title

Team members not selected for the four-team series remain in contention for the Netball World Cup and will have the chance to play against England ahead of their series against the Silver Ferns

« We have seen such depth in the competition for squad spots which I think is a nod to both the ANZ Premiership and the Beko Netball League and what they’ve provided in terms of a performance course for our athletes, « McCausland -Durie said

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