Young talent nets SASI scholarships

05 Jun 2017

OUTSTANDING young South Australian netballers have been rewarded for their potential and results, winning SASI scholarships for the next 12 months.

Seven players from the successful South Australian 17 and under national champion team, also selected in the national 17 and under squad, have been awarded SASI scholarships from June 1.

They are Nyah Allen (Millicent Netball Club); Lucy Austin (Matrics Netball Club); Chelsea Blackman (Contax); Georgia Dent (Matrics); Tyler Orr (Matrics); Olivia Watts (Garville) and Tayla Williams (Contax). Lucy also made the Australian Tall Athletes Squad.

SASI Netball Head Coach Jenny Borlase said there were big times ahead for the scholarship holders and netball in SA and Australia.

"I'm very excited about the players and the program,'' she said. "It puts us well placed with seven 17 and under (national squad) players as scholarship holders. A couple of the players are bottom-age, it is good to spread the talent. Netball Australia was very excited about the SA talent. All players are eligible for the under-21 carnival in four years time and it is an exciting task to ensure they (players) stay on the national path. The depth of talent is always increasing.''

Sienna Allen (Mount Gambier, Garville), a scholarship holder with SASI, has made the Australian 19 and under squad.

SASI also is celebrating the inclusion of Hannah Petty and Sasha Glasgow in the national 21 and under side for the world youth cup in Botswana in July. Petty has battled injury to make the team, while Glasgow has been outstanding for the Adelaide Thunderbirds' team in what has been a tough season in the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) competition.

Other athletes in this year's SASI scholarship program include recognised stars playing with different teams in the Suncorp Super Netball competition.

Netball SA CEO, Ben Scales, is excited by the talent that is coming through the pathway.

“South Australia has a strong history of producing outstanding netball talent and the latest SASI cohort certainly has the potential to produce the next generation of champions,” Scales said.

“The development of these athletes is not only a credit to each individual’s hard-work, but also to the coaches from their clubs and the different pathway programs they have been involved in thus far.”

“SASI, Netball SA and Netball Australia invest significantly in the netball pathway and we are all committed to working collaboratively to continue to provide opportunities for young South Australian athletes to develop their skills and play at the highest level.”

South Australia's strike rate in national squads is outstanding. Of the 35 players in the 17 and under national squad, seven are from SA. Eighteen players are in the under-19 Australian squad with one from SA.

Training for the scholarship holders will begin as a group today (June 5). Programs will then adapt to individual needs.

The SASI scholarship holders from June 1, 2017 are:

Sienna Allen

Chelsea Blackman (U17)

Emily Burgess

Georgia Dent (U17)

Sasha Glasgow

Charlee Hodges

Sarah Klau

Cody Lange

Maisie Nankivell

Hannah Petty

Maddy Proud

Kate Shimmin

Maddy Turner

New scholarship holders, all U17s, are:

Nyah Allen

Lucy Austin

Olivia Watts

Tayla Williams

Tyler Orr

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