West Coast Men's & Mixed Netball Association (WCMMNA) held trials across November at the Gold Netball Centre to fill vacancies across the three touring teams to the Australian Men's & Mixed Netball Association Championships.
A tremendous turnout from the WA netball community saw fierce competition between athletes challenging for a spot in the current West Coast Thunder state program. Such was the number of registrations and the quality across the board, the decisions were extremely tough for the selectors as to which athletes were successful in teams, training partners and for those that unfortunately missed out.
Given the skill across the trial pool the WCMMNA committee decided to advertise and recruit additional staff to cover a potential third mixed team to compete at the championships. Staff applications were also impressive, making their allocations as difficult as for the athletes trialing. The association is excited to announce that all successful athletes have accepted their positions, which means our Thunder squad and family grows by another team for the 2021 competition.
This exciting step forward only makes us hungrier in the West to attract, create and develop a 20&U program in the coming years, meaning that WA will once again have a team competing in every division - a feat that has not been achieved for some time. Across the next 12 months keep an eye out for some developments that we hope will promote this age group and allow us to grow even further, deepening our connection with the WA netball community.
For now though, it is exciting to note the team lists are complete; 5 of our teams are finalized and the announcement of the final, touring additional Mixed team will be made on January 15th, after athletes have some time to work together and build connections and the coaching staff can view the squad as a whole across a number of sessions. Additional to this, there is one place remaining in our 17&U team - to be decided from current training squad members, also to be announced on January 15th.
To see our updated team lists, check out our website - we have updated each list with successful athlete names.