After two months of training, Goulburn Region is primed to perform well at Netball Victoria’s state titles on the weekend.
With the event drawing top sides from across Victoria, the Goulburn region has a tough task ahead when it heads to Werribee.
But the increase in elite players means that each netballer develops at a much quicker rate.
Matt Healey is coaching the under-17 team, while Di Hanslow will head the under-15 side with Megan Trevaskis her assistant.
Trevaskis said seeing how the metro players approached netball helped the region’s aspiring stars.
‘‘Big time (it helps their development), some of these girls don’t know what’s out there, so having the opportunity even to trial for this and to know that there are girls out there that are sometimes a lot further ahead,’’ she said.
But Trevaskis said players in the side always rose to the added intensity.
‘‘Di and I almost fight with each other about who will be in our starting seven, but then people surprise us, but good competition brings out the good netballers, it’s interesting, but it’s good,’’ she said.
The Shepparton United defender joined forces with her club coach, with plenty of the young Demons part of the Goulburn Region teams.
Three United players are in the under-15 squad, with another six travelling down as part of the under-17 team.
Along with GVL clubs, the Shepparton Netball Association, Murray and Picola District leagues are all represented.
With training on Sunday afternoons, Trevaskis hoped an earlier start to the program would yield success for both sides.
‘‘I think as a team last year we didn’t do as good as we thought we would, but we didn’t have a lot of time to train last year, so we were really focused on getting in as early as we could and it’s the same thing every year, we hope we get the most out of the girls,’’ she said.
‘‘Di and I really focus on the basics first, just landing properly, catching, throwing, shooters shooting and then we just stick to basic plays with defenders ... and then we mix it all together.’’