KANGAROO Flat netballer Jayden Cowling has been called into the Australian men’s 19-and-under team to play New Zealand in October.
The 16-year-old goaler, who was selected in the Australian 17s team for the second time after starring at April’s national championships, had been named as an emergency for the 19s team.
Cowling is the youngest player in the Australian Sonix 19s squad for the three-match series to be played in Auckland.
The matches will be the first time he has represented his country, with the 17s team being a non-playing representative side.
Cowling was a mixture of emotions after receiving the news, as it was the same day as his older sister, Lauren, suffered a season-ending knee injury playing for Kangaroo Flat’s A-grade team.
Despite being the youngest player in the 10-player team, Cowling has set his sights on getting a starting position for the New Zealand matches.
“If I perform well at the training camps, hopefully, I’ll get a starting position,” he said.
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