Top ju­niors rep­re­sent the re­gion in Sin­ga­pore

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Han­nah Can­nard

THE most promis­ing ju­nior net­ballers from the Far North have show­cased their tal­ent in Sin­ga­pore, at­tend­ing a train­ing camp and three matches against teams from Sin­ga­pore’s lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion as part of the Ken­frost Homes Vicki Wil­son Mar­lin Coast Netball Academy.

Se­lec­tion of the Mar­lin Coast academy and Satel­lite As­so­ci­a­tion Player/Coach/ Um­pire De­vel­op­ment pro­grams was fi­nalised in April af­ter a se­lec­tion process in which play­ers were ob­served and iden­ti­fied dur­ing the Ju­nior Premier League and Mar­lin Coast Chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tions as well as dur­ing lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tion clin­ics.

The re­gion was lucky to re­ceive ex­pert guid­ance from netball leg­end Vicki Wil­son, who di­rected the play­ers and coaches on the academy pro­gram. As part of the squad Dou­glas Netball play­ers Jorja Har­vey, Kyah Fran­cis, Lana Bax­ter and Ge­or­gia McCarthy were se­lected for the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

The Dou­glas Netball play­ers have been par­tic­i­pat­ing in an in­ten­sive train­ing pro­gram with their coach Sharon Beechey since Fe­bru­ary in prepa­ra­tion for their Sin­ga­pore de­but.

Since se­lec­tion the academy squad has been train­ing with a com­bi­na­tion of clin­ics, car­ni­vals and home coach­ing pro­grams. Lana Bax­ter and Ge­or­gia McCarthy were se­lected to play in the mid court as cen­tre and wing at­tack.

Jorja Har­vey and Kyah Fran­cis were se­lected in the goal shoot­ing cir­cle.

The girls learned new skills to take on to the court back in Aus­tralia and ex­pe­ri­enced netball in an­other coun­try.

These promis­ing young ath­letes have put in a fab­u­lous ef­fort in the lead up to jet­ting off to Sin­ga­pore and rep­re­sented the Dou­glas re­gion in spec­tac­u­lar fashion.

Jorja Har­vey, Kyah Fran­cis, Ge­or­gia McCarthy and Lana Bax­ter

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