Netball New Zealand has announced a 2022 New Zealand Secondary School squad who will come together for a trial camp in October.
The 24-strong squad will take part in a four-day camp later this year which will also act as a trial from which a NZSS team and NZSS A Selection side will be named.
Netball NZ Emerging Talent Panel Convenor, Adrienne Morrin, said the panel, which included herself, Robin Manihera, Nicki Patterson along with coaches Te Aroha Keenan and Pelesa Semu had selected the squad from the 85 players who attended three National Development Camps in January, the Zone feed forward process and U18 National Championships.
From here the Emerging Talent Panel will name a team after observing players from regional and New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships as well as trial games at the camp from 21-24 October.
Morrin said the challenges of Covid-19 over the past two years had meant a change in focus for the NZSS programme.
“We wanted to allow players to concentrate on their school and representative commitments first with Netball New Zealand providing an opportunity for further development at a camp later in the year, and the chance to be finally selected in a team,” she said.
“I know Te Aroha and Pelesa are delighted to be able to provide this opportunity and are looking forward to finally being able to work with the players in this group.”
NZSS head coach Te Aroha Keenan said it was exciting to name a squad after a long and thorough selection process and was looking forward to giving the school players the chance to experience the performance programme following the disruptions in recent years.
“The New Zealand Secondary Schools team is part of our performance pathway and an important step for many of these young athletes,” she said.
“I can’t wait to bring these players together in camp and see how they have progressed over the year, and just have the chance to work alongside them is really exciting.”
The squad includes two Fijian internationals with Lili Tokaduadua, who has been at Howick College for two years, and reserve Eseta Waqaira who has been in New Zealand since 2019 both meeting Netball NZ selection criteria.
Netball NZ have also named five reserves including Ashlyn Koce (Mainland), Braxton Gallagher (Central), Priscilla Rasmussen (Northern), Eseta Waqaira (Northern), and Marewa Samson (WBOP).
New Zealand Secondary Schools Squad:
Kahlia Awa (Central) – Hastings Girls’ High School
Liza Ball (WBOP) – Hamilton Girls’ High School
Rileigh Campbell (Northern) – Howick College
Taiana Day (WBOP) – St Peter’s School, Cambridge
Zoe Elliot (Central) – Woodford House
Sarah Guiney (Central) – Samuel Marsden Collegiate
Kaiya Kepa (WBOP) – Hamilton Girls’ High School
Anna Kirikiri (WBOP) – St Peter’s School, Cambridge
Caitlin Lafaele (Central) – St Mary’s College, Wellington
Le’Oxeayn Maiu’u (Northern) – Mt Albert Grammar
Charlotte Manley (Northern) – Saint Kentigern
Aaliyah Metcalf (Mainland) – Lincoln High School
Khanye-Lii Munro-Nonoa (Northern) – Saint Kentigern
Brooklyn Murray (Northern) – Howick College
Emilie Nicholson (South) – Columba College
Savannah Samson-Tuinukuafe (WBOP) – St Peter’s School, Cambridge
Phoenix Schwalger (Central) – St Mary’s College, Wellington
Sienna Stowers-Smith (Mainland) – St Andrew’s College
Sera Taei (WBOP) – St Peter’s School, Cambridge
Summer Temu (Northern) – Mt Albert Grammar
Madison Thomas (Central) – Manukura
Stella Tia (Northern) – Waitakere College
Lili Tokaduadua (Northern) – Howick College
Catalina Young (Northern) – Mt Albert Grammar