Umpires and players score opportunity at Inter Academy weekend


Netball Victoria will hold the Inter Academy weekend at the State Netball and Hockey Centre this Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th October for 180 netballer’s from around Victoria.

The weekend is focused around Netball Victoria’s zone academy athletes who have been training throughout the year and forms part of the talent identification process for the 17 and Under Victorian State team for 2014.

While the focus is sometimes placed around the players, this weekend is also a major opportunity for emerging umpires to be identified as part of the B Grade talent Squad, something that Netball Victoria’s High Performance Manager Eloise Southby is keen to acknowledge.

“The Inter Academy weekend is a fantastic opportunity for our athletes playing the game, but it is also a chance for Netball Victoria to look at the umpires coming through our systems and identify those who have the potential to continue to officiate at a higher level,”Southby said.

“We are proud of the programs we have in place for our umpires and we have some very talented people out there, so this is a great opportunity to let the umpires receive some due recognition for their hard work.”

Umpires who have received a B grade badge within the last 12 months and those who have been invited will take part in a talent identification process for the Netball Victoria B Grade Talent Squad which forms part of the High Performance Umpire Pathway.

The B grade Talent Squad is the underpinning program to the Devine Victorian Netball League High Performance Umpiring Squad.

Following selection into the squad for umpires, they will receive coaching to assist those selected candidates in order to reach their full potential as an umpire.

Five umpire selectors have been nominated for this weekend to identify the B Grade Talent Squad.

Congratulations to Heather Carroll, Joanne Davidson, Pauline Francisco, Juleen Maxfield and Raechel Richards.