A big year got even better for rising Marlborough netball star Jaimee Power, 17, as the talented defender was named in the New Zealand Under 21 team following the completion of the Scottwood Trust national champs in Palmerston North on Saturday.
Power was selected after an outstanding tournament at wing defence and goal defence for the Tasman senior team at the national champs. She is the first Tasman player chosen in a New Zealand under 21 team.
Tasman coach Jennie Hooper said the selection came at the end of great tournament for Power and showed how much she had developed in a short space of time.
"It's absolutely exceptional and great to see that she has been recognised nationally.
"She's playing with huge responsibility now and taking it on herself to make adjustments during the game which is a real sign of her maturity," Hooper said.
Power is expected to play mainly wing defence for NZU21 though her versatility will also allow her to cover goal defence.
The squad will play against South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Malaysia, Jamaica, Barbados, Wales, Singapore and Scotland in Auckland as they prepare for the World Champs. All players in the squad must be eligible for the 2009 World Youth Cup.
The honour is the continuation of a great year for Power that saw her represent New Zealand Secondary Schools at the Trans-Tasman Challenge where she was named defender of the tournament.
There will be little time for rest for Power as she now joins Marlborough Girls' College for the National Secondary School Champs starting in Napier tomorrow.
The New Zealand A squad was also named on Saturday.
NZ U21: Hannah Broederlow (Otago) Alanah Cassidy (Western), Hayley Crofts (Southland), Ellen Halpenny (Canterbury), Emma Iversen (North), Charlotte Kight (Canterbury), Amy Latu (Auckland-Waitakere), Camilla Lees (Otago), Stacey McFeeters (Wellington), Erena Mikaere (Bay of Plenty Blue), Julianna Naoupu (Canterbury), Jaimee Power (Tasman), Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit (Southland), Te Paea Selby-Rickit (Eastern 2), Elias Shadrock (Bay of Plenty Gold), Susan Tagicakibau (Auckland-Waitakere).
- The Marlborough Express
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