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District netball players are off to academy

More than 20 of the Goulburn Valley's most talented young netballers have been accepted into the North East Zone Academy program for next year.

HANNAH DRISCOLL December 20, 2013 4:20am

Shepparton’s Marni Thorne and Sarah Murray and Katamatite’s Genna Ogier are among 26 netballers who have accepted places in the next year’s North East Zone Academy program.

The prospective participants were notified of their selection some time ago, but the acceptance process is only just finishing.

Also invited to next year’s program were Nathalia’s Reni Hicks, Benalla’s Ally Chaszcziwsky, Grace Amarant, Olivia and Sarah Osbourne, Echuca’s Georgia Groves, Maddie Eggleston and Stephanie Gorrie, Stewarton’s Georgia Hooper, Upotipotpon’s Georgia Caruana and Strathmerton’s Laura Ryan.

Netball Victoria’s competition and pathway co-ordinator Hayley Irvine said the zone academy program, with six academies running across the state, was the primary pathway for athletes to be selected for the state 17-and-under representative team.

It is a training program, but match play can be organised by the academy’s coach.

‘‘Our zone academy program train once a month and focusing on three key areas,’’ Irvine said.

‘‘Technical and tactical, which is their on-court stuff, physical preparation, so strength and conditioning, and then they also go through an athlete well-being program, so they have education sessions around eight different topics The main starting point of selection for academy places was the Association Championships, with talent scouts out looking for up-and-coming talent, and about 70 athletes tried out for the north east places.

The program runs from February to October, when the six academies will come together for an inter-academy weekend to play off against each other.

Irvine said that was where the state 17-and-under selectors would watch the girls in action.

The coach for next year’s North East Zone Academy is still to be announced.

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