The national selectors have chosen a blend of experience and dynamic youthful talent, giving national coach Norma Plummer a variety of options for the arduous six-match schedule in seven days.
Nine players will make their world championship debut, with only 34-year-old Ellis, Vice-captain Sharelle McMahon and shooter, Catherine Cox having contested a previous world championship.
Plummer is confident about her youthful team’s ability to handle the pressure in Auckland.
“Six of our players competed at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and the whole squad has experienced the pressure situations in the international arena over the past two years. They are capable of handling anything,” she said.
The Australian 2007 World Championships Team:
Liz Ellis (Captain) - 4th World Championships
Sharelle McMahon (Vice Captain) - 3rd World Championships
Catherine Cox - 2nd World Championships
Laura von Bertouch
Natalie von Bertouch
Coach: Norma Plummer
Assistant Coach: Sue Kenny Team Manager: Marg Molina
Team Doctor: Dr Michael Makdissi Physiotherapist: Sean Mungovan
Australian Game Schedule:
Australia, ranked 2nd in the world, is seeded top of Pool B and will play Samoa, Trinidad & Tobago and Scotland in the round-robin preliminary phase at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland.
11 Nov – 6.10pm AEST - Australia v Samoa
12 Nov – 4.10pm AEST - Australia v Trinidad & Tobago
13 Nov – 12.10pm AEST – Australia v Scotland
15 Nov – 2.10pm AEST – likely quarter final
16 Nov – 4.10pm AEST – likely semi-final
17 Nov – 6.10pm AEST – FINAL
New Zealand, the reigning champions, is seeded top of Pool A, Jamaica heads Pool C and England is the top-ranked nation in Pool D. The top 16 netball nations contest the World Championships. Australia last won the world title in 1999 in Christchurch, New Zealand defeating the Silver Ferns.
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