Netball champions off to South Africa

TWO local indoor netballers will take centre court at the World Cup in South Africa next May.

St Clair's Megan Arndell, 25, will represent Australia in the mixed opens. She will be joined on the trip by Erskine Park's Tayla Ervine, 18, who was picked for the women's under-21s.

"It's always been a dream of mine to represent Australia," Arndell said. "I played at the 2010 World Cup as a member of the under-21s. My goal is to help Australia win back-to-back World Cups."

Ervine is just as excited about her second trip to South Africa in eight months. She was there in September as co-captain of the Australian under-18s. "I can't wait to go!" the goal attack said.

The girls are also looking forward to going on a safari as part of their trip to South Africa. "We're going over for two weeks so we'll make the most of it," Arndell said.

She plays goal defence and took up indoor netball as a way to socialise. "It's played on a faster court and is much faster than the outdoor version," she said.

The women's selection came after impressive performances at the recent national titles in Perth where they helped their respective NSW sides become crowned champions.

Arndell was joined by fellow local Anthony Tucker in the NSW mixed side which won its third national title in a row. Nadiana Albistur joined Ervine in the NSW under-21s.

All four play at St Marys Indoor Sports and Recreation Centre where almost 100 netball teams compete each Monday and Thursday night.

"We're one of the biggest for indoor netball participation in NSW," said centre general manager Michael Pickham.

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