Net­ballers re­turn to the court for train­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - SAM SMALL­BONE

THE Dou­glas Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is call­ing for new girls to sign on for the ju­nior squads and start train­ing.

Ju­nior con­venor and net­ball coach Sharon Beechey is ea­ger to see some new tal­ent on the courts this year with more than 50 girls al­ready show­ing in­ter­est.

“We are start­ing train­ing ear­lier this year to get the girls fit and ready for an im­pres­sive sea­son,” she said.

“Start­ing train­ing early also gives the girls a chance to get to know each other be­fore they start com­pet­ing.

“Train­ing is es­sen­tial for play­ers want­ing to trial for the Dou­glas rep­re­sen­ta­tive net­ball teams.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams will be se­lected from Un­der 10s, Un­der 12s and Un­der 14s to play for Dou­glas against other sides in the Cairns re­gion.

“Train­ing will be held on Tues­day and Thurs­day af­ter­noons at the Port Dou­glas net­ball courts,” Beechey said.

“I will be look­ing for com­mit­ment, the de­sire to im­prove their skills, foot­work, pass­ing abil­i­ties and gen­eral fit­ness lev­els.”

Pre-sea­son train­ing will be­gin this af­ter­noon at 4pm at the Port Dou­glas Net­ball Courts for all ju­nior teams.

“I will be watch­ing the per­for­mance of the girls dur­ing train­ing and over the ses­sions a team will be fi­nalised by the end of March,” she said.

The Dou­glas Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is grow­ing each year and the coaches hope to see 16 teams play with ap­prox­i­mately 160 girls from the re­gion com­pet­ing.

“We are get­ting teams from lo­cal state schools in­clud­ing Moss­man, Port Dou­glas, St Au­gus­tine’s and Miallo and we are hop­ing to get one from Wonga Beach State School and Ju­lat­ten State School this year,” Beechey said.

“We al­ways want to get more mem­bers it’s such a good team sport and there’s a lot of path­ways avail­able for net­ballers through Net­ball Queens­land.”

“We are also look­ing for coaches, um­pires and vol­un­teers to help us through the sea­son, es­pe­cially on Tues­day af­ter­noons when we have up to 14 teams play.”

Girls who are in­ter­ested in play­ing this sea­son need to sign up for ju­nior net­ball on Fe­bru­ary 15 at ei­ther the Moss­man Indoor Sports Cen­tre or at the Dou­glas Net­ball Courts at 4pm.

Ready to start the sea­son: Kyah Francis and Bon­nie Francis

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