Northern Academy will take part in tournament

Head coach Deb Heinjus, program manager Kellie Vasek, apprentice coach Simone Lawry and assistant coaches Di Allen and Vicki Renshaw with the Northern Regional Academy at their last training session last Wednesday.
Head coach Deb Heinjus, program manager Kellie Vasek, apprentice coach Simone Lawry and assistant coaches Di Allen and Vicki Renshaw with the Northern Regional Academy at their last training session last Wednesday.

Twenty-three of the Mid North’s best young netballers will be in Adelaide this week for the Mellor Olsson Academy Games at Priceline Stadium.

Beginning on Tuesday and ending on Thursday, the Northern Regional Netball Academy will be competing against other academies from around the state with selectors keeping a close eye on all the players with spots on the state 17 and under side up for grabs.

Players have been selected from the North Eastern Netball Association, Northern Areas Netball Association, Yorke Peninsula Netball Association, Kadina and Districts Netball Association and the Adelaide Plains Netball Association, and range from the ages of 14 to 16.

Last Wednesday, the academy held their last training session before the tournament.

Academy coach Deb Heinjus said she was happy with the players selected for the academy and the development they have shown over the last six months.

“We are playing some really good netball and I feel confident that they can go down to Adelaide and perform really well,” she said.

“Hopefully at the end of the carnival we will have some players who will be invited to phase two of state selection.”

Mrs Heinjus said there were “quite a number” of players within the academy that could potentially be chosen for the second phase of state selection.