NIAS netballers get back in the groove

On the ball: Glen Innes netballer Annaleese Cameron practises her passing skills during the Northern Inland Academy of Sport's first regional training day for 2017. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120217GGB02

On the ball: Glen Innes netballer Annaleese Cameron practises her passing skills during the Northern Inland Academy of Sport's first regional training day for 2017. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120217GGB02

Glen Innes girl Emily Burton was named vice-captain of the Northern Inland of Sport netball program when the squad hit the court for their first regional training day for 2017 on Sunday.

“It’s a pretty hectic schedule from now on,” Glen Innes local and head coach Kirstie Fuller said. “We’ve got a camp at PLC on February 25 and 26, which is going to be pretty cool actually.”

It will be a cross-over camp with the football and AFL squads. The AFL and football coaches will both do a session with the girls and vice versa.

Fuller said the idea is not to teach them a new sport but see how they connect and how their skills translate across different sports.

“Obviously speed and agility links into all of them and understanding space,” she said. The camp will also incorporate a media session, yoga session and a giant fitness session, where the girls will compete against the boys.

They’ll have another session in March before the Academy Games on April 8 and 9. Sunday was a part of the process to select the two squads they’ll take to those.

Assessing: Armidale's Sophia Grant sums up her options during this training drill at Sunday's session. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120217GGB07

Assessing: Armidale's Sophia Grant sums up her options during this training drill at Sunday's session. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120217GGB07

The hot weather did mean they couldn’t train with the intensity they otherwise might have.

“It made it much more about learning, which was a good thing,” Fuller said.

Scone’s Anna Atkinson was also named a vice-captain at the session at the Tamworth Sports Dome, while Eliza Perkins from Gunnedah was awarded the captaincy honours. 

Stretching, and looking after themselves before, during and after games, were the main focuses of the session as they build towards the Clubs NSW Academy Games.

Squad: Anna Atkinson (Scone), Ruby Beatty, Bridgitte Beatty, Emily Burton, Georgina Burton, Annaleese Cameron, Elizabeth Chard, Siddella Donnelly, Sophie McCormick, Claudia Sieber, (Glen Innes), Maddison Collier, Isobel Kemp (Manilla), Elian Cotter, Sophia Grant, Lilli Johns, Sophia Thomas, Saskia Thomas, Mia Tindale  (Armidale), Amity Coxon (Dubbo), Skylar Dever, Isla Folpp (Muswellbrook), Briannah Donaldson, Emma Higgins, Ashleigh Horniman, Briony Littlejohns, Sarah Mcilveen, Georgia Robertson (Tamworth), Claudia Eastburn (Baradine), Bella Gallagher, Eliza Perkins, Chloe Perkins (Gunnedah), Holli Rodstrom (Curlewis), Chloe Thompson (Gilgai).

On the fly: Scone's Anna Atkinson runs forward to take this catch. Atkinson was named joint vice-captain of the squad. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120217GGB05

On the fly: Scone's Anna Atkinson runs forward to take this catch. Atkinson was named joint vice-captain of the squad. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120217GGB05

On hand: Armidale's Elian Cotter performs a catching and throwing drill as part of Sunday's NIAS session. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120217GGB01

On hand: Armidale's Elian Cotter performs a catching and throwing drill as part of Sunday's NIAS session. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120217GGB01

Instructional: Gunnedah's Sophie Perkins was presenting a specialised coaching session with the NIAS netball program. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120717GGB04

Instructional: Gunnedah's Sophie Perkins was presenting a specialised coaching session with the NIAS netball program. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120717GGB04

Instructing: NIAS assistant coach Julie Fuller guides players through a drill at Sunday's session. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120217GGB08

Instructing: NIAS assistant coach Julie Fuller guides players through a drill at Sunday's session. Photo: Gareth Gardner 120217GGB08

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