Lauren Berger.
Lauren Berger.

Seven juniors netted into trials

SEVEN talented Clarence Valley netballers have been selected in the 36-person triallist squad for the North Coast Academy of Sport.

The region’s best of the best will attend the trials, which aim to select the best young crop of stars.

The trials will be held in Coffs Harbour on March 13.

The local girls chosen are: Kellsie Burton (South Grafton), Shelby Ditton (Waterview Heights), Karley Eveleigh (Coutts Crossing), Cassandra Gardner (Maclean), Tahlia Goodwin (Grafton), Amanda Kerr (Iluka) and Emily Tuite (Grafton).

NCAS head netball program coach Tracey Robinson recognises the development of each of the triallists and the benefits of the program in the long term.

“NCAS have a long history of selecting and developing talented North Coast netballers to go on to further representative honours,” she said.

Local stars Kimberly Borger (Frederickton), an Australian under-21 representative and AIS scholarship holder, Verity Simmons (Grafton), a current AIS scholarship holder and national under-19 representative and Lauren Berger (Yamba) are successful graduates from the program.

The selection panel for the NCAS 2010 netball squad will comprise of a NSW selector, Tracey Robinson, NCAS assistant coaches Narelle Stokes and Christine Sironen.

Robinson is eagerly awaiting the chance to put the young athletes to the test at the trials.

“We have the talent on the North Coast, it’s a matter of finding it and developing players to take the next step,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what these players will show us when they have their opportunity at trials on March 13.”

Contact the North Coast Academy of Sport on 6620 3073.

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