Netball South quartet make NZ U21 squad

Verdon College student, Aliyah Dunn has been selected for the New Zealand Under 21 netball squad.
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Verdon College student, Aliyah Dunn has been selected for the New Zealand Under 21 netball squad.

Netball South is strongly represented in the New Zealand U21 squad.

Defender Abby Erwood and shooters Jamie Hume, Jennifer O'Connell and Aliyah Dunn earned selection in the 17-strong group after impressing at an intensive four-day camp in Auckland over the weekend.

The squad will form the basis of the team for Netball World Youth Cup Gaborone 2017, to be staged from July 8-16 next year.

Abby Erwood, left, has made the NZ U21 netball squad.
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Abby Erwood, left, has made the NZ U21 netball squad.

Netball South chief executive Lana Winders said the zone was incredibly proud of their achievements.

READ MORE: Mixture of old and new faces in Netball South squad

"We're very pleased to see our locally grown talent making this national squad," she said.

"It's a reflection of how much stronger the investment is in our performance pathways for players, both at the national and regional level."

NZ U21 coach Kiri Wills said the standard of play and skills during the camp made selections difficult.
 
"Prior to camp I was looking forward to the new faces coming in and pushing for a spot in the squad – and that's exactly what they did," Wills said.
 
The NZ U21 team is the reigning world champion having defeated Australia, 52-47, in 2013.
 
The final squad will be reduced to a team of 12 prior to the tournament. 

At a glance

NZ U21 netball team: Aliyah Dunn, Charlotte Elley, Abby Erwood, Monica Falkner, Holly Fowler, Jamie Hume, Fa'amu Ioane, Kelly Jury, Tiana Metuarau, Theresa Ngata, Jennifer O'Connell, Kimiora Poi, Ainsleyanna Puleiata, Mila Reuelu- Buchanan, Renee Savaiinaea, Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, Maia Wilson.

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