(back) Stacey Simpson, Holly Naughton, Larissa Vickers, Brianna Gross, Maddison Jackson, Emily Lyons, Abigail Schoorl, Katelyn Garton, Xanthe Esson, (front) Ashleigh McLean and Sophie Follett take some netball pointers from professional player Laura Geitz.
(back) Stacey Simpson, Holly Naughton, Larissa Vickers, Brianna Gross, Maddison Jackson, Emily Lyons, Abigail Schoorl, Katelyn Garton, Xanthe Esson, (front) Ashleigh McLean and Sophie Follett take some netball pointers from professional player Laura Geitz. Linden Morris

Mixing with the best

THE shining stars of the Queensland court touched down at Barnes Park yesterday to give some helpful hints to several netball enthusiasts.

As part of a series of seven netball clinics across the south of the state, netballers aged eight to 15 were given the chance to learn from, and train with, some of the best in the game - Laura Geitz and Romelda Aiken.

Co-ordinator Laura Geitz said it was a pleasure to be able to pass on her knowledge of the game.

"This is my little pastime away from playing the sport and I just love doing it and getting out to some of the smaller towns," Geitz said.

"The girls even teach me sometimes and show me that the game always needs to be fun, otherwise I can see the boredom on their faces."

The Queensland Firebirds and Australian Diamonds goal keeper said the girls' passion for the game was amazing.

"They have such a passion for the game, which is fantastic especially when you are young and energetic and love the sport," she said.

"I continue to change the clinics to keep up with them because it is good to keep an element of skill involved."

Clinic participant Brianna Gross, 9, who plays in a social weekend competition, said she loved netball.

"I think it is awesome and it is my favourite sport," Brianna said.

"I have been playing for two years and this is my first clinic.

"It is great and I am learning lots.

"I want to be a professional player one day."

Netball mum Bronwyn Maw said the clinic was a wonderful opportunity.

"The clinic is great and a really good opportunity for the girls to learn from the idols," Mrs Maw said.

"My daughter Lily came last year and was keen to be here again.

"She loves the sport and is at that age where she is very dedicated to it."


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