Sharks players called up for national squad

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Green and gold: Southern Peninsula Sharks player Jaz Shelley will join the Australian under-19s squad alongside Sharks teammate, Olivia Pollerd. Picture: Supplied

SOUTHERN Peninsula Sharks players Jaz Shelley and Olivia Pollerd will join the under-19s Australian squad in preparation for the under-19s World Championships in Bangkok in July.

The two Sharks’ players were selected to be apart of the World Championship team camp two weeks ago. The girls will join some of Australia’s best junior basketball talent for a weekend long camp in May.

Southern Peninsula Sharks basketball operations manager Lucas Allen said they were both incredibly excited to join the squad.

“For Jaz, she’s been to two World Championships already including the under-19s as a double bottom age. She’s been to that level before but she’ll still be excited to make the squad once again,” Allen said.

“For Olivia, she just missed out on the under-17s team at last year’s World Championships so to be included in this squad, she’s a bit surprised about but she’s definitely very excited for it.”

When looking at the Sharks women’s team last season, Allen only had positives to say about both of the players.

“[Olivia] was an important part of the team in particular with her shooting and her size,” he said.

“Jaz was obviously a very critical player for the team as well.”

The players were chosen for the squad by talent identification from various tournaments and camps leading up to selection.

The final squad will be selected for their camp in May.

First published in the Frankston Times – 4 March 2019

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