After months of preparation, the Women’s National Team is currently in South Korea ahead of the 19th Asian Women’s Championships. The championships will take place between the 24 November to 4 December.
Handball Australia is pleased to announce the squad that will take part in the competition.
The selected a group of players bring both fresh perspectives and experience to the games.
“The team has great chemistry and feel about it, the girls are learning every day, and training with Busan Bisco [club] and playing against them has been a huge step up for their development. We really want this group to stay together for the next few years to grow and develop into one of the stronger teams in Asia” Coach Heba Aly said.
Coach Aly and the Womens National Team would like to thank Mr Kang, Bisco Handball Team’s coach, and his team for their welcome and allowing us to train with them before the official tournament.
To lead the team on the court, Coach Heba Aly named Jessica Fallah captain. Her knowledge and experience in international handball will be valuable to guide the younger members of the team.
“The squad has shown a lot of promise and learning during our training camp so far. It’s been great to see the commitment and excitement which playing in the Australian jersey has brought to the young squad. I’m super excited to see the development we will make during the matches and further into future competitions. It’s an honor to be a role model to such great handball players where we have created such a great team culture already.” Jessica Fallah said.
A squad for the future
For most of the girls called up for the tournament, it will be their first taste of international handball.
Some of the girls have already represented Australia as juniors at the IHF Oceania Youth and Junior Women’s Trophy in New Caledonia in 2019.
With an average age of 20, this is the youngest team in the tournament. These young players are excited to gain experience and learn from the older members of the squad.
Coach Aly notes this squad is building with a vision toward the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.
|Lana Shehada||Goalkeeper||17||UTS HC||Making debut|
|Nicole Loveridge||Goalkeeper||27||UTS HC||Debut|
|Hannah Mouncey||Pivot||33||Canberra HC||28|
|Laura Player||Pivot||31||Blau Weiss 90 Handball (GER)||20|
|Gemma Buckett||Centre||20||Brisbane HC||Debut|
|Sophie Jenkins||Centre||21||Brisbane HC||Debut|
|Chloe Wan||Left Back||17||UTS HC||Debut|
|Jessica Fallah||Right Back||23||UTS HC||15|
|Trudy Wan||Right Back||20||UTS HC||Debut|
|Alanah Jenkins||Left Wing||21||Brisbane HC||Debut|
|Hannah Taha||Left Wing||16||Sydney Uni HC||Debut|
|Jasmine Sau Hong Wong||Left Wing||18||UTS HC||Debut|
|Alicia So||Left Wing||17||UTS HC||Debut|
|Lynn Choi||Left Wing||15||UTS HC||Debut|
|Emina Mesanovic||Right Wing||17||UTS HC||Debut|
|Sigrid Dobson||Right Wing||19||Brisbane HC||Debut|
Head Coach: Heba Aly
Coach: Amgad Anwar Ewis Teleb
Manager: Mouhamad Dehen
Physiotherapist: Fatma Farag
Goalkeeper coach and analyst: Inda Viktoria Aas
Game analyst: Karina Silva