Netball quartet in academy?s talent program
By TONY WHITE
FOUR of Grafton's most promising netballers ? Marley Simmons, Ashleigh Walls, Lauren Wright and Hannah Mears ? have been selected in the North Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS) netball program.
The quartet were selected from a group of 80 players after attending trials in Coffs Harbour and Lismore over two separate weekends.
Eighteen-year-old Simmons plays for Wendys in the local Agrade Grafton netball competition; Walls and Mears play for URB and Wright plays for Yamba.
Simmons, and Mears, 15, attend Grafton High School.
Walls, 15, and Wright, 15, both attend McAuley Catholic College.
In July the girls will attend training and playing camps in Newcastle under the guidance of NCAS officials and coaches.
Netball is one of 13 current sport and talent enhancement programs under the NCAS banner headed by coach Tracey Robinson from Lismore with co-assistant coach Patti Berrigan from Wauchope.
Simmons, Walls, Wright and Mears are also junior Grafton representative players in the Under-17s and Under-19s and will play in the state championships scheduled for June.