Academy Select New Crop of Future Netball and Umpire Stars
7th February 2020
By Bianca Smith
The Hunter Academy of Sport have officially selected their 2020 Squads for the Netball Development, Netball Talent and Netball Umpire Programs.
The selections come after a tough weekend of trials from the 31st November - 1st December at Hunter Sports High School.
The trials saw close to 200 athletes put through their paces Infront of a panel of selectors from across the Hunter Netball associations.
The selected 2020 Greater Bank HAS Netball squad athletes are as follows:
Development: Charlee Boucher, Zahlee Connolly, Paulini Davis Dates, Tynisha Faasisila, Isabella Groves, Indy Hilder, Eve Keeling, Imogen Meissner, Madison Paine, Claira Raymond, Ella Sames, Ella Smith, Tahni Sunerton, Makayla Swan, Ireland Thomas, Hope White;
Talent: Savannah Angelozzi, Ella Butcher, Sophie-Clare Croker, Crystal Eade, Amali Fitzhenry, Meg Haylen, Kate Love, Caitlin Rodgers, Olivia Taylor, Evie Whitton, Jorja Brown, Emma Dawson, Georgie-Anna Elder, Ruby Gardner, Maggie Greentree, Tahlia Henry, Jordan Parsons, Faith Percival, Xanthe Rheinberger, Marnie Robinson, Brooke Rooney, Emma Shoesmith, Aela Streatefield, Emma Wybourne.
Umpires: Jessica Cam, Grace Freeman, Claire Howe, Jemah Muscat, Hayley Passmore, Jessica Rumbel, Ellie Taylor, Goergia Walkerden, Chelsea Webb.
The selected athletes come from 8 different local government areas across the Hunter, playing across 10 of our local associations.
The 46 strong squad of Netballers and 10 Umpires assembled at the Hunter Academy of Sport’s orientation day at Hunter Valley Grammar School on Saturday, where they were introduced to the coaching staff and presented with the uniform by former Academy member and now national netball league representative, Sam Poolman.
The Academy’s netball talent development program gives young athletes from across the wider Hunter Region the opportunity to receive training and tutelage of a world-class standard without the need for moving or traveling to a metropolitan centre.
It also plays a vital role in the Netball NSW Athlete Pathway by identifying, monitoring and developing the skills of young netballers. The program will consist of on court skills training, fitness and athlete education, as per the Netball Australia Develop a Diamond program.
Greater Bank will continue its long-term association with the Hunter Academy of Sport in 2020, once again taking on the major sponsorship of the netball program. Head of Marketing and Customer Experience, Matt Hingston, said the partnership is about more than just providing a financial benefit to the Academy and athletes.
“Greater Bank is proud to continue its partnership with the Hunter Academy of Sport’s netball program. We’ve taken great delight in seeing the dedication of these players and the coaching staff and look forward to being part of their representative journey in 2020,” Mr Hingston said.
“Our partnership however provides more than funding to help offset the program costs for the athletes. This year we will also be conducting financial literacy education sessions in association with the University of Newcastle, which will assist in their personal development both on and off the court.