Cousins to show skills at Na­tion­als

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - SPORT -

Long­warry net­ballers Amity Stephens and Holly Stephens will soon show their skills in Bris­bane whilst rep­re­sent­ing Vic­to­ria at the Aus­tralian In­door Net­ball Ju­nior Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

Af­ter three months of train­ing and learn­ing in­door net­ball rules at var­i­ous met­ro­pol­i­tan lo­ca­tions, the cousins will play in the 14 and un­der girls team in Bris­bane from Novem­ber to De­cem­ber 2.

Amity and Holly have had hugely suc­cess­ful 2017 sea­sons with Long­warry Net­ball Club. Amity won the club’s un­der 15 best and fairest tro­phy whilst Holly won the league and club best and fairest awards as well as be­ing part of a pre­mier­ship team in the un­der 13 com­pe­ti­tion.

The Drouin Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dents were in­vited to try out for in­door net­ball. They at­tended two tri­als, each last­ing two hours, along­side 40 play­ers from across Vic­to­ria.

As a re­sult, Amity and Holly gained Vic­to­rian se­lec­tion. The girls said they were very proud and ex­cited to be part of the Vic­to­rian team and rep­re­sent­ing Long­warry 25 Net­ball Club, Ellinbank and Dis­trict Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and Baw Baw Shire.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Yvonne Porter will coach the Vic­to­rian team. Yvonne is Long­warry Net­ball Club’s 2018 head coach.

Amity and Holly have had to learn the rules of in­door net­ball, with a few dif­fer­ences to the stan­dard game. They have trained hard at Spring­vale, Cran­bourne and Boro­nia to re­fine their skills.

Whilst in Bris­bane, they will play two games per day against sides from Queens­land, South Aus­tralia, New South Wales and Western Aus­tralia.

The first three days will see teams play with six play­ers per side. With two de­fend­ers, two at­tack­ers and two link/cen­tre play­ers, teams play four quar­ters of 10 min­utes. The court is di­vided into two halves – at­tack and de­fence – with nets sur­round­ing the court con­sid­ered part of the play­ing area. Teams can score one point from shots within the girl cir­cle or two points from out­side the goal cir­cle.

For the re­main­ing days of the cham­pi­onships, teams will have seven play­ers per side, 12minute quar­ters and can score one point goals only from within the goal cir­cle. This is a for­mat sim­i­lar to the stan­dard net­ball game.

Cousins Holly Stephens (left) and Amity Stephens of Long­warry Net­ball Club will rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria in the Aus­tralian In­door Net­ball Ju­nior Na­tional Cham­pi­onships later this month.

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