Clear Pathways in Netball Development
The development of netball in Vanuatu continues to grow through the pathways that are now available to players to improve their skills. The National 21&U Netball Squad was established in September 2008 and under the guidance of head coach, Moana Korikalo, all players have improved a great deal. This year the squad has been further strengthened by the inclusion of 8 players who have come up from the National 17&U squad, which was established in September 2009. "The players coming up from the 17&U squad are very talented", Ms Korikalo said. "We are very excited to have them join the 21&U squad and I am sure they will enjoy the challenge of a higher level of netball". Similarly the 17&U squad is also strengthened by a very talented group of 15 year olds coming up from the 14&U age group. These players missed out on winning the tournament last December by only one goal and are eager to prove they have what it takes to make it to the next level of netball and compete on an international stage. The 14&U squad has also found some new players, however there is still space available for additional players to join. All three squads in Vila on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the 21&U squad from 5:30pm-7:00pm and the 14&U and 17&U squads from 4:00pm-5:30pm. All interested players are asked to come down.
Players in Santo also have pathways available to them in their netball development with a satellite squad having training on Wednesdays at 3:00pm. Players in all age groups are able to attend this training. Players who do so make themselves available for selection in any Vanuatu National Teams as what happened for the December tournament where 4 players from Santo took part.
It is important for the players who are involved in netball to realise they continue to be part of the national squads no matter what their age. Once they become too old for one age group they move onto the next age group and a higher level of netball.
Updated squad lists can be found in the National Squad section on this website.