Junior netball players shine

Stanwell Development Squad member Taylor Nock during the final training session in Emerald.
Stanwell Development Squad member Taylor Nock during the final training session in Emerald.

EMERALD netballers Taylor Nock and Georgia Staal might be only just at the very beginning of their representative careers, but judging by their enthusiasm for the sport, they're already well on the way to bigger honours.

The pair hit the court in Emerald last weekend for the Capricorn region's Stanwell Development Squad third and final training session.

Squad coach and state league player Anna Young said while the local girls were involved in "weekly network sessions" much of the training responsibility rested with the individual.

But not that the Emerald girls needed much encouragement, with all the drive and motivation deriving from the players themselves.

"They are the ones harassing me to train," Young said.

"The Emerald girls are just so committed... I think a lot of it is because of all the travelling they have to do.

"They want it."

Young said while squad numbers were slightly down on the usual turn-out, those who did attend certainly made the most of their time there.

"We didn't get all that many, mainly because of illness," she said.

Selection in the development squad marked the start of a big future for Nock, 14, and Staal, 15, in their netball careers.

The squad acts as a preliminary step to representation in the Capricorn Regional Academy - a stepping stone to the Rockhampton-based Capricorn Claws state league side.

It was from the academy that fellow Emerald netballer Bianca Butler was identified as a possible future Claws player.

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