U21 Women

The U21 women trialled alongside the U18 girls for selection in the combined NSW Junior Women’s team. Congratulations to all the girls who trialled and to those who were selected to compete at the 2014 Junior National Championships, held on July 12 & 13 at Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood.

The girls played some stellar handball over the course of the tournament and took home the well-deserved “National Champions” title, after defeating Queensland (23:14).

Other results:
NSW 17 : ACT 14
NSW 16 : Qld 12
Qld 17 : ACT 11

2014 U21 Women's Team

Back row: Victoria Brunsberg (Coach), Laura McInnes, Sally Cash, Margaret Kavea, Tina Tran, Raquel Abrahams, Rebecca Howard, Aminta Thomas (Coach). Front row: Jessica Fallah, Kathy Phetrasi, Nicole Loveridge, Stephanie Fallah, Olivia Mowat, Megan Hwang. Absent: Shannon Huntley-Wei, Brianna Keyes, Lucy Niccol, Jessie Wood. (Photo by C. Dennerley)

 

Meet the Coach – Milly Thomas

Milly ThomasMilly began playing handball at the age of 15 after she saw her older brother, Michael having fun playing and wanted to try it out. She joined in with the girls and her natural talent and dedication to training quickly resulted in her selection in the NSW Junior Women’s team the following year.

Since her debut in 2006, Milly has consistently represented NSW at the Junior National Championships in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Her exceptional talent was recognised early by the senior state team coaches and Milly also represented NSW at the National Championships in Canberra in 2007, Perth in 2009, Melbourne in 2010, Sydney in 2011 and Adelaide in 2013.

After being spotted by the National Women’s coach at these tournaments, Milly was invited to trial for the Australian squad, her hard work earning her selection in the team that competed at the Oceania Qualifier tournament in 2007 and the World Championships later that same year in France. After she led her team to victory at the 2008 NSW Schools’ Championships, she was selected for the Australian Junior Women’s team to compete at the Junior World Championships in Macedonia later that year. Her continued efforts resulted in her selection in subsequent Women’s teams that competed at the Oceania Qualifier tournament followed by the World Championships in China in 2009, as well as the World Championships in Serbia in 2013.

As one of our most talented and decorated female handballers, Milly not only has a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon and pass onto the girls, but also a very supportive and encouraging attitude which will provide the best preparation for the NSW Junior Women’s team for the Junior National Championships in Sydney this July.