Net­ball fever at col­lege

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - FRONT PAGE -

NET­BALL fever was high in For­rest­field today when State young gun Jes­sica An­stiss re­turned to her old stamp­ing ground for a train­ing ses­sion.

Fresh from her de­but as most valu­able player, West Coast Fever’s cen­tre-wing de­fence was back where her sport­ing ca­reer be­gan.

The 19-year-old, of Maida Vale, helped bring home a sil­ver medal from the Un­der-21World Youth Cup in Botswana in July.

West Coast Fever signed An­stiss this year af­ter the tal­ent spent a year in wait­ing as a re­place­ment player.

Dar­ling Range Sports Col­lege hosted the pre-sea­son train­ing ses­sion early on Wed­nes­day morn­ing at the high school’s new sta­dium.

Watched by stu­dents from ev­ery year and school net­ball coaches, the team wound up the ses­sion by sign­ing au­to­graphs and shar­ing en­cour­ag­ing words with younger play­ers.

Col­lege Di­rec­tor of Sports Clay McLer­non said State League coaches Sam McShane, Ge­orgie Smith and Jill McIn­tosh cham­pion the school’s spe­cial­ist net­ball pro­gram, the first to be en­dorsed by Net­ball WA.

“West Coast Fever’s visit was an op­por­tu­nity for the kids to see high-pro­file ath­letes train­ing at a re­ally high in­ten­sity to get the re­sults on game day,” he said.

The state team is in pre-sea­son train­ing for next year’s early start to the Su­per Net­ball sea­son, to be held ahead of the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

Ms McShane said the spe­cial­ist sports school has won 12 state cham­pi­onships in the lower, mid­dle and open di­vi­sions in the past five years.

“Ev­ery year, we aim to have more one player in a state team and last year we had three,” she said. Gar­de­nia Tre­vi­ranus Asi­ata is in the 15-and-un­der team and Katie TeAo, in na­tional 16-an­dun­der and 17-and-un­der state teams.

Asi­ata will travel to Ade­laide in De­cem­ber for the School­girls Net­ball cham­pi­onships.

Ms McShane said many of the school’s 120 net­ballers com­pete in the West Aus­tralian Net­ball League.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d476678

Gar­de­nia Tre­vi­ranus-Asi­ata, Jes­sica Antstiss and Tahlia McSweeney, with spe­cial­ist net­ball coaches Sa­man­tha McShane and Ge­orgie Smith (back).

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