As many as five local junior netball players have had their talents and hard work recognised by being selected in AFL Goulburn Murray Tatura Milk Junior Netball Academy squads for 2020.
Quartet Adison Thornberry (Seymour), Sophie Allen (Seymour), Sophie Munro (Trawool) and Ben Morgan (Avenel) have all been selected in the 13-year-old squad, while Olivia Dorria (Seymour) has also been picked up in the 12-year-old squad.
Coaches and selectors were said to be very impressed with the high level of skill and effort demonstrated by all players through trials, which made selection of athletes for the 2020 Academy extremely difficult.
AFL Goulburn Murray Netball Administrator Peita Sleeth said she was excited to see the program’s progression go from strength to strength in 2020.
“The improvements I have seen in netballers that have been through the Academy can be attributed to the hard work our players and coaches put into every session,” Sleeth said.
“Our goal is to create a positive environment that fosters personal development with a group of passionate netballers that are wanting to improve their skills.
“We are privileged to have dedicated coaches working hard to develop a specialised program, with a focus on player improvement and individual skill development.”
Director of coaching Ann Austin will again oversee the program, in conjunction with returning Academy coaches Emma Clignett, and Ash Bradley, as well as skills coach Jacqui Hudgson.