Matisse Letherbarrow was selected for NSW under-17s side for National Netball Championships

Big statement: Matisse Letherbarrow has been selected for the NSW under-17s netball team for the National Netball Championships. Picture: Andrew McMurtry
Big statement: Matisse Letherbarrow has been selected for the NSW under-17s netball team for the National Netball Championships. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

With NSW and Australian selections in the past few weeks, Matisse Letherbarrow is on track to netball’s elite.

The 15-year-old from Old Toongabbie has been selected for the NSW under-17s team for next April’s National Netball Championship, fresh off a silver medal at the Pacific School Games.

Matisse is looking forward to pulling on the NSW blue for the under-17s side as she continues her rise through the ranks.

“Going through your junior years, everything is focused on making this team because it’s such a big achievement,” she said. “To be able to say you’re in the team is a really good feeling.”

It’s been a whirlwind month for Matisse. She lined up for NSW at the Pacific School Games and broke her finger on the first day of the competition.

Playing through the pain, she impressed to be selected in the Australian side after the tournament for a competition on the Gold Coast early next year. 

“There were a lot of close games so the adrenaline kicked in but you feel it afterwards but you get used to the pain after a while,” she said.

“The main goal was to make the Australian side afterwards and I made that as well which was a really good feeling. It’s going to be pretty good to pull on the green-and-gold.”

The talented attacking player has also signed with North Shore United under-20s team in the Netball NSW Premier League.

Having gained selection straight out of juniors with the Baulkham Hills Shire Netball Association, Matisse is eager to put her best foot forward.

“I think it’s just about the experience of it all and being able to play high level netball against older girls,” she said.

“I think that will really help me along the NSW pathway being able to have that experience and be able to build yourself up as a player.”

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