Following week-long trials in Australia, Auckland and Rarotonga, Netball Cook Islands yesterday released the names of members of the squad, which is dominated by players from New Zealand.
The local girls in the extended squad include Anania Piri, Damzel Rongokea, Myria Rongo, Simone Nicholas and Teiti Tupuna.
Four Rarotonga-based players have been selected in the 10-member shadow squad.
Netball Cook Islands president PJ Hockin said the turnout during trials at some of the centres was impressive.
“In an effort to provide all Cook Islanders a chance to represent their country, we not only opened up funding support option but more importantly a wider base of players to choose from. This reintroduces the competitive edge that’s been missing of late,” she said.
The squad’s first camp will be held in Auckland from April 15 to 19,the first weekend of the school holidays.
As announced earlier, players are expected to contribute towards camp costs and Hockin is pleased that most clubs and communities have already thrown their support behind their players.
“Netball Cook Islands is proud of the talent in all the communities and looks forward to future success in the sport of netball.”
National U21 coach John Glassie is also looking forward to working with the players and building a formidable team to the qualifiers.
“In order to reach that success, hard work and dedication is required from all participants,” Glassie said.
24-member squad: Auckland - Alex Iro, Ashley Dixon, Chassis Parima, Chole Benedito, Keyana Kake, Natalia Tearoa, Peka Arona, Rochelle Teiri, Serena Porio-Isaaka, Tetania Oaariki, Tungane Broadbent-Gold; Australia - Cathyanne Jubilee, Cheyanne Ford, Deanna Dando, Leah Pue, Mary Tuaana, Moana Glassie, Princess Tikitau, Tayla Toru; Rarotonga - Anania Piri, Damzel Rongokea, Myria Rongo, Simone Nicholas, Teiti Tupuna
Talent Identified Shadows: Emily Pupuke (Melbourne), Isabelle Mana (Rarotonga), Konini Rongo (Rarotonga), Geneva Miles (Rarotonga), Kayleena Kermode (Rarotonga), Tyneeka Tuoro (Perth), Tai-Naomi Tairea (Brisbane), Ivana Piakura (Gold Coast), Hanalei Toi (Gold Coast), Tiana Bullen (Sunshine Coast)