Netball U21 gaining momentum

Saturday May 28, 2016 Written by Published in Netball
Local squad members with shadow training squad members and national squad member Natalia Short. 16052749 Local squad members with shadow training squad members and national squad member Natalia Short. 16052749

THE COOK ISLANDS netball under-21 side is gearing well for the 2016 Oceania Netball World Youth Cup Qualifiers set for September 26 to 29 in North Harbour, Auckland.


Teams confirmed to compete are Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, PNG and Tonga and the top three teams will go through to 2017 World Youth Netball Championships scheduled for July 8-16 in Botswana.

The national U21 team held their first camp in Auckland, New Zealand, from April 15-19.

Coach John Glassie said before the camp, six members of the squad withdrew for various reasons. 

“With four circle defence players leaving, a decision was made to add two New Zealand-based players to the squad with the possibility of two or three more joining the camp in July,” Glassie said. 

“Overall the camp was a great success and the girls bonded very strongly looking after one another and showed respect to all during the camp.”

Glassie said during the first few sessions, he concentrated on basic skills and new skill acquisitions.

He said as skill and experience level varied in the squad which saw some progressing faster than others during the training.

By the end of the camp, Glassie said most had achieved the necessary skills needed to improve game play.

He also worked with the defenders and midcourt and after the morning training session national team member Moana Glassie gave a talk to the girls about her experience during the PNG campaign.

She highlighted the importance of playing as a team and commitment during preparation.

The girls went through the techniques for polymeric sequences to help them with their power, stability and agility.

Glassie also took the girls through some game play and structure before rounding off the camp with some practise games.

“The squad showed improvement in skills and intensity which was fantastic, game play was sharp and the passing level had improved.

“Court vision was the area the girls improved the most balancing the court and looking for or creating space was evident.”

Then next camp will be held in Auckland on July 22 to 24, starting on the Friday evening at 7pm with the fitness testing and finishing on Sunday at 5pm.

Meanwhile the families and friends of the local squad members are holding a movie fundraiser at the Empire Theatre at 6pm and 8:30pm on Thursday next week.

Tickets $10 and funds raised will go towards sending the girls to the next camp in Auckland.  

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