Four selected from Northern Academy

Four of the best young netballers from the Northern region of the state have been selected to take part in the State Under 17 Team trials in Adelaide later this month.

Gracie Ross and Abby Griffiths from the North Eastern Netball Association and Tyla Cook and Lara Reuther from the Yorke Penisula Netball Association were identified for phase two after impressing at the 2017 Mellor Olsson Academy Games at Priceline Stadium early in October.

The girls are apart of a group of 47 who have been invited to take part in the second weekend of trials given their involvement in the Dare to Develop a Diamond Academy Program.

The quartet will travel back down to Adelaide on October 28 and 29 for the phase two trails, with the final team to be announced in November.

NRNA program manager Kellie Vasek said that the four girls were in with a good shot of being selected for the state team.

“I think they will do really well,” she said. “Obviously it is a big ask against some of those bigger city girls who have access to the top coaches, the top teams and being surrounded by the top players.

“But I think these girls would definitely shine.” 

Mrs Vasek said that all the girls in the Academy had developed considerably during past six months, and that the selection of the four girls for phase two trials made it all worthwhile for the coaching staff.

“Their understanding of court strategies and the development of their skills themselves, they have improved out of sight.”

The NRNA fielded two teams for the Mellor Olsson games in divisions one and two.

The division one team finished with one draw from eight games which included some narrow loses on day one. Divison two won their first game but also fell by narrow margins throughout the tournament.

Players who were not identified can still trial for a place on the team in phase one trials which will take place in Adelaide this Sunday, with registration to be completed on the Netball SA website.

Mrs Vasek encouraged the girls who had not been selected for phase two trials to register for the phase one trails.

The identification of the four girls is a culmination of six month journey which began back in April after successfully winning a place in the Academy.

During that time they took part in extensive training sessions which included a three day session at Immanuel College in Adelaide and a training session in Clare which featured high profile coaches Michelle Den Dekker, Scott Waddington and Kelly Assender.

Registrations for the 2018 Academy program will open in December for girls between the ages of 13 and 16.