Emerald netball camp boosts skills
GETTING the ball and knowing how to use it was the focus of a two-day camp attended by some of Capricorn's up-and-coming young netball stars in Emerald last weekend.
The camp was the second of three for the region's Stanwell Development Squad of 15 players, selected as part of the region's talent identification and development program.
Coached by Barcaldine-based Lyn Jackson, the squad of players aged 13-15 years, put in two big days of skills, strength and fitness and matchplay sessions, with a strong focus on attacking movement and passing.
"We concentrated on attacking moves including rolls, change of direction and front cuts, all the time emphasising thinking about where they needed to be in attacking situations," Jackson said.
"Then, on Sunday, we did some specialist shooting/defence sessions finishing with matchplay.
"The hope was they would put into practise what we'd focused on during the weekend and I was very pleased to see they did."
Jackson said the SDS, now in its third year, was about providing extra development opportunities for talented young players across the region and preparing them for the next level of representative netball.
"It is a good, strong squad this year and they are very hungry for selection into the regional academy," she said.
"I would say this year's 13-year-olds are definitely the strongest group in that age we've had - there are some very talented players in the group who will be definite prospects for the academy next year."
The final camp for the year will be held in Rockhampton on September 7 and 8.