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NZ Secondary Schools Netball Team Named

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25 April 2008 - Netball New Zealand today announced the NZ Secondary Schools netball team who will compete across the Tasman in the International Schoolgirls Netball Challenge at ETSA Park, Adelaide on the 24th - 30th of May this year. Out of the 24 players who attended the Secondary Schools Development Camp at Palmerston North this week, 12 were selected to represent New Zealand. NZ's most talented young Secondary School players will be up against the Australians as well as Secondary School Teams representing Aotearoa Maori, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Australia U15 and Pasifika.

New Zealand was pipped at the post in the competition final last year by Australia who won 35-34. However, in the past New Zealand has dominated, winning every final since 2003. NZ Secondary Schools coach Kiri Wills believes the players they have selected are an exciting group of talented players that will represent NZ well not just now but also in the future. These players will be striving to follow in the footsteps of Laura Langman, Casey Williams and Maria Tutaia, who were all former NZ Secondary School representatives. "This competition provides a great opportunity for the top secondary school players to gain experience at an international level, especially when up against their Australian counterparts and they are relishing the challenge".

Jodi Beaumont, Ellen Halpenny and Elias Shadrock were in the NZ Secondary Schools Team last year and proved their worth to again be included in the 2008 team. Elias Shadrock has once again been named captain.

The 2007 NZ Secondary Schools Team is: Name Region Past Experience Jodi Beaumont Waikato 2007 NZSS Team Sheridan Bignall Western Amy Christophers BOP Kayla Cullen Auckland Waitakere Rachel Fabling Waikato Sulu Tone Fitzpatrick Auckland Waitakere Kelly Griffin Auckland Waitakere Ellen Halpenny Canterbury 2007 NZSS Team, Tactix, NZU21 Squad member Hannah Poff Canterbury Te Paea Selby Rickit Western NZU21 Squad member Elias Shadrock (C) BOP 2007 NZSS Team, NZU21 Squad member Lavinia Vitohi Auckland Waitakere

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