Athletes from Netball Victoria’s six Zone Academies put on a show this weekend at the Inter Academy Weekend, an early stage of state trials.
After months of preparation in their respective regions, players were able to showcase their skills and put their academy learnings into practice in front of state team selectors, in the hope of progressing through the selections phases for the 17/U Victorian state team playing at the National Netball Championships next year.
Nearly 180 athletes from across Victoria participated in the round robin competition, with 17/U Victorian coach, Mel Savage excited by the talent coming through.
“The talent has been quite good across all the regions with some height in the goal circle and strong bodies through the mid-court,” said Savage.
“I’ve noticed a really high breed of tall, athletic defenders which is really good coming through.”
As an initial phase in state selection, Mel said selectors look at the fundamentals.
“The execution of basic skills is really important, so we look at footwork, passing, good spatial awareness and decision-making,” said Savage.
“With strong, good basic skills, we also look for genuine athletes, height in the circle and good netball brains.”
From the Inter Academy weekend, selectors will work through the screening phase with a squad selection in the coming weeks.
The Victorian team will be announced in December.
Find out more about Netball Victoria’s Zone Academies here.