Elley selected for NZ secondary school’s team

By Viv Logie

Westport teenager Charlotte Elley has won selection to the New Zealand secondary schools (NZSS) netball team, which travels to Adelaide later this month.
A Year 13 student at St Andrew’s College, in Christchurch, Elley is just one of two South Island players to gain selection in the New Zealand side. The other is Marian College 16-year-old Jessica Shaw. Two other South Island players, Abby Elwood from South Otago High School and Jessica Prosser from St Margaret’s College, were named as non-travelling reserves.
Elley plays defence for the St Andrew’s senior A team. She has been named as one of four shooters.
Since moving to Christchurch at the start of last year Elley won selection to the Canterbury under-17 netball side that won the New Zealand title. She has also been identified as a player of the future by Canterbury Tactix coach Leigh Gibbs, who named her in the side’s wider training group.
Elley is also a top basketballer.
The NZSS team will regroup in Auckland on May 15 before heading to Adelaide the following day, with the tournament starting three days later.
The International Schoolgirls Netball Challenge will feature 10 teams from all over the Pacific, with NZSS as the defending champions. NZSS defeated Aotearoa Maori 42-15 in the final in Rotorua last year.
This year’s tournament will be played over five days from May 19, with all finals played on May 23. Teams competing are: Aotearoa Maori, Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) (Malaysia), Fijian FANZ, Indigenous School Sport Australia (ISSA), Pacific Rim, Pasifika Samoa, School Sport Australia (SSA), Tonga Auckland.
The New Zealand team’s opening games are on May 19 against Pacific Rim and Fijiana FANZ.