Emerald netball talent to shine in Capricorn teams
EMERALD is not to be surpassed for netball talent with eight girls selected across two age divisions for the Capricorn netball teams.
The girls were chosen in the 12 years and 11 years and under categories at the Capricorn Primary School netball trials in Yeppoon last week, which attracted netballers from Mackay, Rockhampton, Keppel Coast District, Gladstone and the Central Highlands.
The coach of the 12 years side, Anna Young, said 80 girls vied for one of the possible 20 spots with Alisi Paki, Louise Millar, Tiaan Tyrrell and Mackenzie Reid from Emerald named in the 12 years team.
"This was the strongest group of 12-year-olds I have seen trial for a few years," Young said.
"There was versatility and strength in all positions across the court."
Such was the talent, Young said some players who missed out this year would have made the teams previously.
"This shows that all the hard work put in by volunteers across the region is really beginning to pay off," she said.
"The competition to get spots is huge."
The 12 years girls will have their first training camp in Emerald on May 11-12 and will play in the Sullivan's Carnival in Rockhampton a week later.
"The focus now is to get the girls to know each other and be able to play together. The majority will have not played together before nor know each other," Young said.
"We will work on some set plays and trial them in our game play at the Sullivan's Carnival in Rockhampton.
"If the girls gel, they have a very strong chance of a successful state titles."
The state championship for the 12 years team is a four-day event in Townsville from May 30 to June 2 and that for the 11 years and under team is a one-day event in Caloundra in July.
Sabella Ryan, Emma Paki, Keely McConnell and Gabby Firth from Emerald and Peyton Fell from Blackwater were chosen in the 11 years and under side coached by Lauren Gerhke.