Teen makes Marlins
MOSSMAN State High School student Hazuki Kirby has earned a spot in the Marlin Coast Academy netball team in Smithfield despite her latest injury.
The athletic 15-year-old has been training in Cairns with the Marlin Coast Academy squad in hopes to make the team and was striving to win a spot on the court against 30 of the region’s top players.
The youngster is currently recovering from an injury after she tore a ligament in her left ankle in last week’s training but is keen to recover before her first game.
She will train with the best players in Cairns for the next few months and will then make her way down to Brisbane to compete for a spot in the under 17s Queensland team.
“It is a bit disappointing that I have injured myself but I have been training really hard and I am looking forward to playing again in a few weeks,” she said.
The youngster plays wing defence and wing attack for the Port Douglas Jets on Tuesday afternoons and trains on Thursday nights.
“I love playing netball I think it is a great sport and it is very social so I am looking forward to getting to know the other girls selected for the team,” she said.
A new initiative from Marlin Coast Netball has also kicked off this year with Junior Marlins, which is being initiated for players aged 11-13 years.
The selection for the team was held on March 3 with over 20 players trialling for a place in the academy.
Five local girls from the Douglas Netball association were selected for the team including Marley Cairns, Eleisha Mealing, Tayler Durie, Molly Delaney and Saisha Schonenberger.
These players will train under Douglas Netball’s junior convenor and Marlin Coast Satellite Coach Sharon Beechey, training started last Sunday.
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