ON THE BALL: Murren Woods, Emersyn Burton and Charlotte Sommer are all about to jet off to the ClubsNSW Academy Games on the NSW Central Coast.
ON THE BALL: Murren Woods, Emersyn Burton and Charlotte Sommer are all about to jet off to the ClubsNSW Academy Games on the NSW Central Coast. Matthew Elkerton

Netballers take lunge to next level

NETBALL: Three of Grafton's brightest netball stars are about to make the next giant leap in their own personal development.

Murren Woods, Emersyn Burton and Charlotte Sommer are all set to represent the North Coast Academy of Sport Netball program at the 2016 ClubsNSW Academy Games which kick off today.

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The Academy Games are set out in a round robin format with North Coast having match-ups with all the other 10 academies across Saturday and Sunday.

These Academy Games are being hosted by the Central Coast Academy of Sport in Erina and it is expected scouting agents from the State netball trials will attend the games.

"I think it is a bit of a lead up for the Under 17s State trials which are at the end of the year," Woods said.

"We sort of learn while we play the competitive matches because it is part of our training with the academy program."

Two teams will be made up out of the one North Coast Academy squad to play in the two respective division but it will not be decided on until the opening ceremony today.

All three Clarence stars said they were excited for the academy games and believed it would only further them in their representative goals.

"I am excited I think it is a great opportunity for us, we are going to improve so much from it and going to be good netballers in the future," Sommer said about the experience.

"I am so excited because there is not just the netball academy people will be there," Woods added.

"On the opening night there will be all people from all academy sports there so we will get a chance to mix and mingle."

This year is the first time in more than a decade that the Grafton Netball Association has had three girls in the same North Coast Academy Squad and association president Cathy Walls said it had been a proud time for Grafton netball.

The girls will miss out on home court action as the association kicks off Round 4 this weekend.

For more on local netball and the full draws for this weekend including the Lower Clarence Netball Association: Page 26



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