Net­baller warms up for Academy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - SAM SMALLBONE

MOSS­MAN’S emerg­ing net­ball cham­pion An­gela Pringle is on the ball and is warm­ing up to trial for the Mar­lin Coast Net­ball Academy in Smith­field this month.

An­gela, 15, has been a com­mit­ted Dou­glas net­ball player for two years and is train­ing hard to ful­fil her dream of be­com­ing a Queens­land Fire­bird.

“I started play­ing net­ball so­cially with a few friends in Port Dou­glas and fell in love with the sport,” she said.

“I would love to play pro­fes­sion­ally for the Queens­land Fire­birds one day.”

Ev­ery Tues­day night Miss Pringle plays cen­tre and wing at­tack for the Dou­glas Jets B-Grade side in Port Dou­glas, on top of train­ing on Thurs­day af­ter­noons for her team and two hours train­ing with the Mar­lin Coast Academy ev­ery Sun­day morn­ing.

“There are ap­prox­i­mately 30 girls who are tri­alling for the team and only a few get picked, so I am up against some tough competition,” she said.

In her spare time An­gela coaches an Un­der-10s net­ball team at the Moss­man In­door Sport Cen­tre on Tues­day af­ter­noons.

Ju­nior coach con­venor for Dou­glas Net­ball Sharon Beechey has coached An­gela for three sea­sons and rates her as one of the re­gion’s best play­ers.

“An­gela has cer­tainly come a long way be­cause when she started with us we had to teach her the ba­sics and teach her from scratch as she had never played net­ball,” she said.

“She has only played three sea­sons and has be­come one of our strong­est play­ers. She is ex­tremely com­mit­ted and has im­proved her fit­ness through train­ing.

“She started train­ing for the Mar­lin Coast Academy on Fe­bru­ary 6 and I think she is a very ded­i­cated and strong player on the court.”

The Mar­lin Coast Academy cre­ates path­ways for young ath­letes to ex­cel in sport with­out hav­ing to leave their home­town.

“An­gela has what it takes to play for the Mar­lin Coast Academy, she’s great team leader and a great net­ball player,” Mrs Beechey said.

Hazuki Kirby, Karla Lo­gan, and Natalie Lit­tler are also tri­alling for the Mar­lin Coast Academy team which will be an­nounced on Sun­day, March 20, at the YMCA in Smith­field.

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