Netballers eye state team

FOUR Gold Coast talents are strong contenders for next year's under-17 and under-19 Queensland netball teams, after surviving the toughest state trials in recent memory.

Golden South's Emma Cook, Alex Lee, Georgia Scott and Lauren Scully successfully battled through phase one of the selection process in September and straight into Queensland's top 60.

“It was a hard job for the selectors to pick the final 30 for each age group,” under-17 coach Amanda Stagg said.

“Each year the standard throughout Queensland goes from strength to strength.”

However, now the real challenge - phase two - begins.

Two days of endless training and rigorous match-play lie ahead for the four hopefuls, but for the lucky few who make it, a spot in the state teams for the National Netball Championships in April awaits.

Before phase two though, there is much more work to be done, as the need to improve on-court skill and ability to an elite level heightens.

“The athletes will now be receiving individual programs to work on from now until phase two selections in January,” Stagg said.

“They will also be invited to attend pre-phase training sessions to assist them on the way.”

Phase two trials begin at the State Netball Centre at Mount Gravatt January 16.

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