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Silver Ferns Team and Squads Named

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Silver Ferns Team and Squads Named

20 August 2012: The NNZ National Selectors named today Mystics midcouter Bailey Mes as the new cap selected in the 12 strong Silver Ferns team to compete against Australia in the Constellation Cup, Sunday 16 September in Melbourne.

Midcourter Camilla Lees (Pulse) and experienced shooter Jodi Brown (Steel) also make a return to the new look Silver Ferns line up.

Taumaunu said there were some tough selection decisions but National Selectors felt this group offered a real mix of youth and experience.

“The trials environment enabled us to see all the players competing on a level playing field, it was a physically challenging few days and we were impressed with the performance of the group,” said Taumaunu.

“Bailey is the newcomer to the side and provides us with another option for the Silver Ferns midcourt, her performances at trials were outstanding and warranted the next step up,” she said.

Taumaunu said both Lees and Brown had also showed strong form in the trials and combined with their ANZ Championship performances had earned their places in the team.

“Camilla is a great addition into the Silver Ferns midcourt and Jodi brings versatility in the shooting circle giving the Silver Ferns team the depth we were looking for in the attacking line-up,” she said.

The Silver Ferns team will regroup again in a weeks’ time where they will participate in the first of two training camps prior to the Constellation Cup.

The Silver Ferns team of 12 for the Constellation Cup is:

Shooters: Irene van Dyk, Maria Tutaia, Cathrine Latu, Jodi Brown

Midcourt: Laura Langman (vice-captain), Camilla Lees, Bailey Mes, Kayla Cullen

Defence: Leana de Bruin, Katrina Grant, Anna Harrison, Casey Williams (captain)


2012/13 Silver Ferns Squad

Irene van Dyk
Maria Tutaia
Cathrine Latu
Jodi Brown
Laura Langman
Camilla Lees
Bailey Mes
Kayla Cullen
Leana de Bruin
Katrina Grant
Anna Harrison
Casey Williams
Julianna Naoupu
Grace Rasmussen
Anna Thompson
Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit

National Accelerant Squad

Ellen Halpenny
Elias Shadrock
Jess Moulds
Shannon Francois

Player Profiles:

Jodi Brown
Positions: GS,GA, WA
Height: 1.85m
Date of Birth: Wednesday, 6 May 1981
Place of Birth: Wanganui
Caps: 28
National Squads:
SILVER FERNS: 2002 – 2007, 2012
NZA Squad 1997–2001
SILVER FERNS DEBUT: v Niue at World Netball Champs 2003
ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM/S: 2008-09 Canterbury Tactix; 2010 Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic, 2012 Southern Steel

Originally from Wanganui, Jodi Brown made her national league debut at the age of 16 and has been involved in national squads at age group and senior level since then. Brown made her Silver Ferns debut at the World Netball Championships in 2003, and played against World No. 2 Australia for the first time in July 2004, building on this experience during the November 2004 Series. Brown made comeback in May 2007 after a year of recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament on the eve of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Brown captained the 2012 Southern Steel team.

CAMILLA (MILLIE) LEES
Positions: C, WA
Height: 1.77m
Date of Birth: 27-03-89
Place of Birth: Pukekohe
Caps: 3
National Squads:
SILVER FERNS: 2009-2012
NZU21: 2007-2009
NZSS: 2005 - 2006
SILVER FERNS DEBUT: 15 January 2011 v England, Manchester
ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM/S: Central Pulse 2008-2012

Camilla Lees is both a gifted midcourter and a master of the juggling act – balancing a netball career and medical studies. The future doctor from Pukekohe first made her mark on the international netball scene in 2009 – as a stand-out member of the Central Pulse in the ANZ Championship, then in the NZU21 side at the World Youth Championships in the Cook Islands. The agile midcourter capped off her notable year with inclusion in the Silver Ferns side touring England to play the English and Jamaican sides. Medical studies have meant Millie was unavailable for the Ferns in recent seasons, but she has remained “on call” - brought into the New Zealand side for the 2011 series against England to cover an injury. Potent at both wing attack and centre, she has also been a regular member of the FastNet Ferns.

BAILEY MES
Positions: WA, GA, GS
Height: 1.86m
Date of Birth: 27-05-89
Place of Birth: Auckland, NZ
PreviousTeams:
NATIONAL CHAMPS: Auckland Waitakere 2009-2011
ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM/S: Nothern Mystics 2010-2012


New World Netball Series

Constellation Cup
DATEHOME TEAMAWAY TEAMVENUE
Sun 16 SepAustralian DiamondsNew Zealand Silver FernsHisense Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Thu 20 SepSilver FernsAustralian DiamondsVector Arena, Auckland, NZ
Sun 23 SepSilver FernsAustralian DiamondsCBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch, NZ


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