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Elley excited by African challenge

Charlotte Elley could barely wipe the smile off her face when she gathered with her NZU21 team-mates for the first time since the Netball World Youth Cup Gaborone 2017 (NWYC2017) team was announced.

The newly appointed vice-captain was with her Silvermoon Tactix team-mates and coach when she got the phone call, referring to her reaction as “priceless”.

“I was in a room with Marianne Delaney-Hoshek and two of my Tactix team-mates who have previously played U21s. It was just so exciting; I slid down the couch and was so stocked and relieved,” Elley said.

“My team-mates have been awesome, so supportive. The day before they said they were still proud of me regardless of whether I got in or not.

“Throughout the entire process they told me to go for it and don’t hold back.”

Elley will share the NWYC2017 journey with her parents, aunt and uncle who will make the trip to Botswana. It’s an opportunity to share the experience with her family who have supported her from day one.

“It’ll be awesome to have them there; it is a long way to come, but it’s pretty special,” she said.

“Being in Africa and playing all those different countries – everything about it is exciting.”

Elley doesn’t know how she’ll feel when she pulls on the Black and White Dress and stands arm-in-arm with her team-mates prior to their opening match against Northern Ireland. But one thing’s for sure – it’ll be a proud moment for everyone.

“Our playing dress is beautiful – we’re really lucky to wear the dress,” Elley said.

You can follow the progress of the NZU21s on their road to Botswana via their Online Hub. Here you’ll find news, profiles, fixture info and results - click here.