Annual training session in Adelaide


Members of the Northern Regional Netball Academy converged on Immanuel College for the annual 3 day camp from Monday April 16 to Wednesday April 18.

Over the 3 day camp players took part in a team bonding session with UniSA lecturer Mary Crouch, an ankle strapping session with Physiotherapist Aimee Slattery, fitness testing and court training sessions covering movement and agility, ball handling, attacking and defending skills, court strategies and match play.

On the final day players and coaches from the Tango Netball Club including ex Thunderbird Leigh Waddington, conducted specialist sessions in the goal, defense and midcourt positions. This session was very well run and all the girls gained a lot of knowledge from it.

In what was a fitting end to the camp players and officials travelled to Priceline Stadium to watch the South Australians take on the Victorians in the State U17 clash.

The academy is a stepping stone in the pathway to selection in the state U17 team so for the girls to witness this game first hand was a very special opportunity.


Following camp in April the first official training session was held at Balaklava on Sunday May 6 where the players had the opportunity to attend specialist sessions conducted by Michelle Den Dekker (ex Australian captain), Fiona Bussenschutt (ex Thunderbird) and Vicki Renshaw (advanced level coach).

This session was widely promoted throughout the region as a “coach education day” with around 50 coaches from across the region attending eager to listen, learn and interact with these high profile ex-players and coaches.

The players were involved in 3 sessions focusing on goals, defence and midcourt.

After lunch we held an “on the couch” interview where Michelle and Fiona answered questions that the players had devised on camp.

The girls loved hearing about the experiences both ladies have had during their netball careers and found their stories very interesting and inspirational.

As part of the training session, Netball SA Umpires also attended to conduct a mentoring day for 24 C grade badged umpires from across the region who are seeking to undertake their B Grade badge testing in the future.

Following a morning full of theory sessions the umpires then officiated the academy players match play in the afternoon.

It was a very successful day and we look forward to our next training session in Kadina on Sunday June 24.