Netballers return to the court for training
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