Teen makes Mar­lins

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - SAM SMALLBONE

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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