Five local girls in NCAS trial

THERE are five Coffs Coast netballers who have been selected to trial for a place in the North Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS) netball squad for 2010.

The group of Leah Brokmann (Repton), Kate Brooke (Coffs Harbour), Lillian Dellar (Sawtell), Liza Goulding (Coffs Harbour) and Samantha Thorpe (Emerald Beach) will all be attending the final selection trials for the squad to be held in Coffs Harbour on March 13.

“NCAS has a long history of selecting and developing talented North Coast netballers to go on to further representative honours,” Head Coach of the NCAS netball program Tracey Robinson said

Past NCAS netballers who have gone on to bigger and better things include Kimberly Borger from Frederickton who is an Australian under 21 representative and AIS scholarship holder who has this year been selected as a NSW Swifts player along with Grafton’s Verity Simmons who is a current AIS scholarship holder and Australian under 19 representative last year.

There are also players like Coffs Harbour’s own Meegan Rooney who has played in the elite level national competition.

The selection panel for the NCAS 2010 netball squad will comprise of Robinson, Narelle Stokes (NCAS Netball Assistant Coach) and Christine Sironen (NCAS Netball Assistant Coach) and a Netball NSW selector.

“We have the talent on the North Coast, it’s a matter of finding it and developing players to take the next step,” Robinson added.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what these players will show us when they have their opportunity at trials on March 13.”

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