State teams announced for 2017 Goalball Nationals

18/9/17

Photo of Queensland goalballer Meica Christensen throwing ballQueensland’s Aussie Storm and Aussie Belles representatives will be back in the maroon 4-7 October 2017, when they take to the courts in Melbourne for the 2017 Australian Goalball Championships (AGC).

Sport Development Coordinator and women’s team coach Robyn Stephensen is confident leading into the event. “We are sending three very strong teams to the nationals and hope to return home successful. We have also added two South Australian players to our men’s team this year, as they were not able to field a team locally.”

“Whilst we are unable to field a Youth team this year, Queensland Youth player, Joe Hogg has been given the opportunity to compete as a member of the South Australian Youth team.”

Queensland Men’s coach Greg Scott is excited about the teams’ prospects. “Queensland are always strong across the board. Despite some injuries and retirements, this year will be no different. There are some pretty intense interstate rivalries, so there should be some really entertaining goalball played.”

The Queensland teams competing at the 2017 AGC are:

Men

Playing Number Name Region
3 Michael Sheppard Brisbane
4 Brendan Young Ipswich
5 Jon Horsburgh Brisbane
7 Karl Cranwell SA
8 Razlin Ibrahim SA
Coach Greg Scott Brisbane

 

Women

Playing Number Name Region
3 Nicole Esdaile Brisbane
4 Alison Jones Brisbane
5 Caroline Baird Brisbane
7 Raissa Martin Brisbane
8 Meica Christensen Brisbane
Coach Robyn Stephensen Brisbane

 

Junior

Playing Number Name Region
1 Oliver Fanshawe* Brisbane
2 Sean Kendrick Brisbane
3 Mikhail Othman Brisbane
5 Tobias West Cairns
6 Sidney Whipp Cairns
Coach Belinda West Cairns

* on debut

Team Manager: Trevor Harrison (Cairns)

Queensland will also have five referees officiating at the championships: Warrick Jackes, Darren Kendrick, Michelle Baird, Gale Hopper and John McCormick.

If you are in Melbourne, matches will be played at Collingwood College ( – we’d love your support.

We will be updating results from the championships via our Association facebook page and twitter feed.

Photo of goalball player Michael Sheppard diving to defend the goal.

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