Local players make U21 netball squad

Tuesday August 02, 2016 Written by Published in Netball
Arorangi’s Daimzel Rongokea (left) is one of the Rarotongabased players in the Cook Islands under-21 squad for the Oceania qualifiers of the 2017 World Youth Netball Championship. 16080122 Arorangi’s Daimzel Rongokea (left) is one of the Rarotongabased players in the Cook Islands under-21 squad for the Oceania qualifiers of the 2017 World Youth Netball Championship. 16080122

Two Rarotonga-based players have forced their way into the Cook Islands under-21 netball side for the Oceania qualifiers of the 2017 World Youth Netball Championship in Botswana.

 

The duo, rising defender Daimzel Rongokea and Eri-Te-Ana Short, are part of the 12 member squad that will represent the country at the qualifiers in September.

Local players have also been earmarked in the shadow non-travelling squad.

The John Glassie-coached side will need to finish in top three of the four Oceania teams in the qualifiers from September 26 to 29 to make it to the World Youth Netball Championship.

Glassie said the team was finalised after a camp which was held in Auckland over the weekend. 

He has been working with the extended squad for the past six months to prepare a formidable side for the upcoming competitions.

“The camp was a great success with the squad members facing a tough weekend with skills and court play,” Glassie said.

“The highlight of the weekend was a match against the New Zealand development side. This gave our players a burst in motivation and confidence to work harder for the Oceania qualifiers this September.”

The national team plans to meet for a camp in Auckland from August 18 to 21 to work on their final touches ahead of the qualifiers.

Glassie said this camp would include the New Zealand- based shadow (non travelling) team members.

The team will then go into a pre-competition camp starting on September 21.

Glassie assessed players on a short fitness test (plank, yo-yo, push up, vertical jump), followed by trial matches in which players got some court time to impress him and the other selectors.

Video footage of the trial matches in New Zealand, Australia and Rarotonga were taken and with the advice from all the selectors, a squad of 22 to 24 players was selected for the first camp in April.

The team was since trimmed down to final 12 for the do-or-die competition at the Oceania qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Netball Cook Islands thanks coach Glassie (Australia) and his supportive team manager of Mary Patutama, assistant coach Junior Manapori and physiotherapist Talia Rout of Auckland for the hard work, camp preparation and fundraising undertaken so far.

            - Rashneel Kumar

U21 National Team - Deanna Dando, Moana Glassie, Alex Iro, Keyana Kake, Tetania Ooariki, Brianne Peterson, Leah Pue, Daimzel Rongokea, Eri-Te-Ana Short, Rochelle Teiri, Chantal Princess Tikitau, Mary Tuanna

Shadows Non-Traveling: Cathyann Jubilee, Simone Nicholas, Celeste Patutama, Serena Porio, Myria Rongo

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