The NSW 17/U Development Team put their training to the test on Thursday 17 April at the Anne Clark Centre, Lidcombe.
The team was introduced in 2014 to capture and develop a wider range of young talent who will challenge and compete for places in the Netball NSW High Performance Program in future years.
Last week the NSW players took on two teams from visiting New Zealand school St Margaret’s, as well as the Eastwood Ryde 17U Team.
After coming together for the first time in late January, the Development Team’s program culminated in the four-game round robin with three wins and one loss.
Head Coach Leonie Stewart-Weeks was pleased with the progress the players had made throughout their three-month training program.
“These girls were in this squad for their potential… and to watch their growth and development has been fantastic,” Stewart-Weeks said.
“Because it was a development team, training was very skills based so we systematically worked through all the skills, sometimes just checking that they had, for example, a technically correct shoulder pass or teaching them a zone that they may or may not have known how to do.”
The coaching staff also got input from the players on what they wanted to work on.
“Individually the girls said three things they thought they were good at and three things they wanted to improve, and so we worked with the girls on those things to improve, plus other things we noticed that could be worked on were also put into the mix.”
Wrapping up their season with three wins and one loss, Stewart-Weeks was happy with what the Squad put out on court.
“Their performances were really good. The first three games were fantastic and I think that end game [we lost] probably because of a little bit of fatigue and probably because we had beaten that team so easily the first time; that’s a little bit of mental maturity that will come, but you can’t fault them on their ability to do everything asked of them and continuing to put the effort out there.”