Steel drill with sharp young netballers


A group of young netballers had an opportunity to learn tips from some of the best in the game at a Netball South training session at the Waitaki Community Recreation Centre last week.
Fifteen girls between the ages of 8 and 14, who are part of Netball South’s Steel Club, took part in Friday’s session.
The Steel Club, formerly known as the Netball South Junior Academy, has members throughout Otago and Southland, the home patch of the Southern Steel, and holds training sessions each week in Oamaru.
Steel players Gina Crampton, Storm Purvis, Stacey Peeters and Te Paea Selby-Rickit were on hand to help Oamaru’s promising netballers hone their skills.
Netball South development officer Alex Morrison-Bailey said the Steel players did not come to Oamaru often, which made last week’s session so special.
“I think it’s them training with their idols, essentially. I think they take what they are learning more on board when they’re listening to the Steel girls. They’re giving them a lot of tips, which is really cool.”Steel wing attack and centre Crampton, who has been with the franchise since 2012 and also represented the New Zealand under-21 team in 2011, said skills taught at the session included footwork, body position, attack moves and defence.
The 24-year-old said she was impressed with what she saw on the day.
“The girls’ basic skills are really high. They came in really engaged and came in willing to do the drills we set them,” Crampton said.
“The skill level was quite high in Oamaru, if not higher than the other places we have been.”She said the squad, which had a full training session at the recreation centre on the same day, enjoyed visiting the smaller centres in the Steel’s area.
“We love it _ it’s really cool. Our region is quite large as well. It’s important we get to see the girls in the regions, not just the main centres. They’re some of our biggest supporters.”
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