Porter continues as Junior Spirit Head Coach ahead of World Cup

Porter continues as Junior Spirit Head Coach ahead of World Cup

Kerrie Porter will endeavour to lead the Junior Aussie Spirit to their first World Championship title as Head Coach for the WBSC U-19 Women’s World Cup in Irvine, California from 11-17 August 2019.

The current Gilley’s Shield winning coach will get her first look at the full Junior Spirit squad when they arrive at Blacktown International Sportspark for a training camp from 25-26 May.

“I’m looking forward to getting all the girls in one place just to give us an early indication of where we are at before the World Cup,” said Porter, who enters her fourth year as Head Coach of the team.

The Junior Spirit will arrive in America on 1 August, 10 days before the World Cup begins, allowing time for final preparations for Australia to claim their sixth medal on the international stage.

In 12 editions of the Junior Women’s World Cup, the Australians have finished in a best position of third place five times in 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2013.

“Once we get to the States we’ll have a few days of training and practice games before the tournament to fine-tune what we need to and put ourselves in a good position to challenge for a medal once again.”

Joining Porter on the coaching staff will be Assistant Coaches Chantelle James and Neridah Wearne, Physiotherapist Rebecca Yip, Statistician Sean Francis and Manager Janell Behrendt.

Tournament schedule and broadcast information will be released once available from the WBSC.

2019 Junior Aussie Spirit Staff:

Head Coach – Kerrie Porter (NSW)

Assistant Coach – Chantelle James (WA)

Assistant Coach – Neridah Wearne (NSW)

Team Manager – Janell Behrendt (SA)

Team Physiotherapist – Rebecca Yip (WA)

Team Statistician – Sean Francis (QLD)

The full Junior Aussie Spirit Squad is available here.