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Netballers upskill Clinic teaches players skills by state’s best

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July 22, 2017

Keen netballers gather for the Netball Victoria clinic at the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre on Wednesday.

Local St Mary’s netballers (front: left to right) Ruby Martin, Brooke Mclarty, Madi Hager, Millie Stephenson and Sophie Rutherford with (rear: left to right) Shelley O’Donnell, Mwai Kumwenda and Rudi Ellis.

Keen young netballers from across the region descended in Seymour Wednesday for a netball clinic led by some of the state’s best players.

The best and brightest netball stars were at Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre to coach the school holiday clinic for eight to 14-year-olds.

Former Australian vice-captain and three-time Netball World Cup champion Shelley O’Donnell was on hand to teach the kids her midcourt skills and share what it’s like to win Commonwealth Games gold.

Rudi Ellis told the clinic that she didn’t start playing netball until she was 12 years old, but she had since represented Australia as an under-20 squad member and has had some game-time as a training partner with the NSW Swifts.

Ms Ellis coached the clinic in defence while the Ballarat Sovereigns’ Erin Riley trained the group in their game sense.

But it was Melbourne Vixens star, Mwai Kumwenda, who stole the show with her goaling style and flair.

The player of the tournament at the 2015 Netball World Cup, Ms Kumwenda was humble in her popularity and happy to teach her goaling technique.

She grew up playing on grass courts before becoming an international success, and joined the Vixens in 2017.

St Mary’s junior netballers Ruby Martin, Brooke McLarty, Madi Hager, Millie Stephenson and Sophie Rutherford all expressed their enjoyment with the session.

The girls said their favourite parts were the goal shooting training and learning new skills from the professionals.

They also said that getting to meet the players was pretty exciting too.

Netball Victoria’s senior northern region co-ordinator Josie Logan said the clinics are a great way for players to develop their skills.

At least one young attendee had been to multiple Netball Victoria clinics and had travelled to Seymour from Wangaratta especially for the opportunity.

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