PLAY BALL: Roma's netball precinct will be packed out with players on Sunday.
PLAY BALL: Roma's netball precinct will be packed out with players on Sunday. Contributed

Future netball stars set to put their skills to test

NETBALL: More than 50 players are expected to be involved in the Darling Downs Region Country Netball Tour and Country Cubs trials on Sunday in Roma.

The country tour covers Dalby, Chinchilla, Roma, Charleville, St George, Cunnamulla, and Goondiwindi.

Darling Downs Panthers coach Rebecca Stower said she was excited to see the talent on offer in Roma.

"It's the first time we have held it in Roma,” she said.

"Normally it's held in Toowoomba and the kids travel in and we select the City and Country academy there but we thought we'd incorporate the trials and country tour this year,” she said.

"The clinic is based on player development, which involves skill rotations, shooting and defence clinics, match play and positional work.

"We've also incorporated an umpire and coach component this year too.”

Stower said they had more than 40 kids registered but expected 60 by Sunday.

"We normally get really good numbers at Roma clinics and, looking at what we've got registered so far, it looks like it'll be a really good clinic,” she said.

"I hope the kids have a lot of fun with it and gain a couple of new skills they can take home or back to their club, school or rep team.”

The Country Cubs trials will begin at 3pm at the Maranoa PCYC.

Stower said the trials were about about identifying players for future Panthers programs within the region.

"It's not a team as such that we select, it's more of an all encompassing individual program, which includes education, nutrition, physiotherapy and injury prevention, positional training to complete a full athlete,” she said.

"The last time I came out to Roma was over 12 months ago to do a clinic, so I'm really pumped to see the growth of the players and the new facilities that have been built and to touch base with kids that we may not have seen in the past.

"Even just making contact with parents who haven't had access to Cubs training before and getting them involved because it is extremely beneficial for the kids, so we want to make sure they get all the facts and everything they need to know instead of just reading off a flyer.”

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