Thunderbirds duo named in 2017 Australian Netball World Youth Cup team

Thunderbirds young guns Hannah Petty and Sasha Glasgow have been announced in the 21/U team who will represent Australia at the Netball World Youth Cup in Gaborone, Botswana in July.

Selected from a squad of 24 athletes, the team will travel to Perth for a training camp from July 1-5, before travelling to Botswana, with the event commencing on July 8. The side will be led by Australian 21/U coach and former South Australia Institute of Sport head coach, Tania Obst.

Mid-courter Petty hasn’t had the season she would have liked, sidelined with injury for all of the Suncorp Super Netball League season after an outstanding 21/U tour to Fiji earlier in the year, but is excited selectors have shown faith in her.

“It has been a dream and a massive goal of mine to make this World Youth Cup team, so to get there is the best thing ever. My year hasn’t really gone to plan and I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen, so to be named in this squad is amazing. Now we just need to get out there and win that gold medal back from New Zealand,” said Petty.

“I’m on the comeback trail and should be right to go by the start of the tournament. I will hopefully be back playing in the Nine News Netball Cup this weekend, which I can’t wait for.”

It has been a different story for Sasha Glasgow, whose meteoric rise from training partner to starting seven has been one of the Thunderbirds’ highlights of the year. As one of the youngest players selected in the 21/U squad at just 18 years old, Glasgow says the news is still sinking in.

“It’s pretty surreal. I didn’t think I would get this opportunity that I’ve had, but I think it is a big credit to Dan and everyone at the Thunderbirds who have given me so many opportunities to come on court and prove myself. I have no doubt that has helped me to this goal of playing for Australia,” said Glasgow.

“It’s not just about the opportunity to represent Australia, but also to be with girls who share the same passion as me, like Hannah. She has worked so hard off court with all of her boxing, bike riding and rehab, and it is great to see that pay off for her.”

From the 2013 Netball World Youth Cup in Glasgow, eight of those athletes travelled with the Australian Diamonds Test Series earlier this year. In general, 80 per cent of those named in a Netball World Youth Cup team progress through to Diamonds level.

Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander believes the 21/U program is an integral part of the national high-performance pathway with Commonwealth Games selection not out of the question for selected athletes.

“The 21/U World Youth Cup team is extraordinarily important in terms of a stepping stone through to the Diamonds, which is the top of the tree,” said Alexander.

With all players aligned to Suncorp Super Netball teams, Alexander says they have had the best preparation for the World Youth Cup.

“All of those players that are on training partner lists or in the team of ten have been exposed to the world’s best domestic high performance programs of preparation for netball in a general sense.

“They’re getting the best coaching, the best resourcing, best sport science that we can possibly provide them in the lead up to this Netball World Youth Cup. We’re delighted about it and it shows our system’s strength,” Alexander said.


2017 World Youth Cup Team
Surname First Name State of Origin 2017 Club/DTE
Anstiss Jessica WA West Coast Fever
Austin Kiera NSW Giants Netball
Eddy Kate VIC Melbourne Vixens
Garrett Matilda VIC Collingwood Magpies
Glasgow Sasha SA Adelaide Thunderbirds
Hinchliffe Tara QLD Queensland Firebirds
O’Brien Claire NSW NSW Swifts
O’Shannassy Teigan NSW Giants Netball
Petty * Hannah SA Adelaide Thunderbirds
Price Jamie-Lee NSW Giants Netball
Ryde Emma VIC Melbourne Vixens
Teague-Neeld Alice VIC Collingwood Magpies

*Subject to netball medical clearance


2017 World Youth Cup Reserves
Surname First Name State of Origin 2017 Club/DTE
Garbin Sophie WA West Coast Fever
Jenner Kimberley QLD Queensland Firebirds
Mi Mi Jemma QLD Queensland Firebirds