Four local juniors were among the 17-strong Capricorn contingent training with the Stanwell Development Squad in Emerald.
Four local juniors were among the 17-strong Capricorn contingent training with the Stanwell Development Squad in Emerald.

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CAPRICORN Netball's Stanwell Development Squad players have a big future ahead of them if their performance at a recent training camp in Emerald is any indication.

The SDS, which includes three players from Emerald and one from Blackwater, consists of juniors from throughout the Capricorn region, who have been talent identified as part of the region's Stanwell sponsored Train Well … Play Well strategy. The strategy provides both development pathways for talented junior players and education and training opportunities for the sport's volunteers.

SDS coach Lyn Jackson said the camp, held in Emerald on August 4 and 5, was the second time this year the players had come together as a group.

Each of the players also has a home program which they work on with coaches at their own associations.

Jackson said there were a number of very tall 13 and 14-year-old players in the squad and while they would take some time to develop their skills, they would eventually have a big future in the sport.

She said the main focus of the camp was on footwork and passing.

"The players were taught two new skills - front cuts and clears - with them now focusing on achieving at least one of these skills each game," Jackson said.

"The important thing was for them to understand why these skills are used in a game.

"The younger squad members also need extra work on their basic skills whereas some of the older girls are more advanced and grasp the skills very quickly."

Central Highlands SDS representatives include: Miesha Huet, Hayley Hunter and Aliesha Smit (Emerald NA) and Shenae Grant (Blackwater NA).

The next SDS camp has been planned for October 13 and 14 in Rockhampton.


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