Locals impress at netball trial

Friday February 19, 2016 Written by Published in Netball
Tevaikura Tatuava (with ball) looks for support during the trial match for the national under-21 team at the National Sports Arena in Nikao on Wednesday night. 16021807 Tevaikura Tatuava (with ball) looks for support during the trial match for the national under-21 team at the National Sports Arena in Nikao on Wednesday night. 16021807

Cook Islands under-21 coach John Glassie is pleased with the level of enthusiasm shown by Rarotonga-based players in the two-day trials which ended last night at the National Sports Arena.

 

Following the opening day of trials on Wednesday evening, the Brisbane-based mentor said there were players on the island who had the potential to make the final squad for the upcoming tournament. The Cook Islands U21 team will compete in the Oceania qualifiers to the 2017 World Youth Netball Championship, later in the year.

About a dozen players aged between 14 to 20 years turned up for the first day of trials and underwent the drills conducted by local development officers.

Last night, the players underwent the trial for Glassie to pick his squad to the Oceania qualifiers which will be held in Auckland in September.

“We had a great turnout on day one of the trials. We had quite a few athletes that underwent basic drill followed by a game at the end,” Glassie said. “So basically what we wanted them to do was to understand the foot works, techniques and positions and work a little bit on their defending.

“Judging from their body language, I thought they were very receptive to the teaching and they worked really hard.

“I think a handful of the athletes here have the potential of making the squad and there are some that I would like to develop for future national teams.”

Before the Rarotonga audition, Glassie conducted trials in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia, which also turned out successful. He is pleased with the performance of the players at those trials and has a fair idea of the squad he will be putting together for the opening camp.

“At moment, we have lot of possible players who have impressed and can make the squad but I won’t finalise the squad until the final trials.”

Glassie also held netball clinics at Nukutere and Tereora College and had referred some of the students from those schools to last night’s trials.

Meanwhile Glassie has been taking video footage of the trial matches and with advice from all the selectors, will announce a squad of 22 to 24 for the first camp in April.

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