Mildura Weekly : Friday July 4 Vol 8 No 35
Mildura Weekly – 04/07/14 43 www.milduraphonebook.com.au Cox and Bulley to host netball clinic in Mildura TWO of Australia’s top net- ballers will host a special clinic in Mildura next Tues- day, July 8, from 3.30pm to 6.45pm at the Mansell Re- serve courts. Australian netballers Catherine Cox (BELOW) and Bec Bulley (in action RIGHT) will run the clinic, which is designed to provide young Mildura netballers with the opportunity to interact with elite role models while devel- oping their skills in specialist areas including attack and de- fence. Cox is a former Australian vice-captain, a member of the successful 2011 World Cham- pionship squad, and member of the Melbourne Vixens in the ANZ Netball Champion- ship. Cox has just retired from international netball after representing Australia more than 100 times over a 16-year career. Cox’s former national team mate, Bec Bulley, is a for- mer Commonwealth Games silver medallist, current mem- ber of the Australian netball squad, and also a member of the Adelaide Thunderbirds. She is rated one of the country’s best netballers, and is expected to play a vital role in the side’s bid for back-to- back world titles in 2015, and will also play a role in this year’s Commonwealth Games. Mildura netball players will have the opportunity to ask Cox and Bulley questions after the clinic, while also hav- ing the opportunity to pose for photographs and get au- tographs. Two sessions will be held next Tuesday, with the first to be aimed at players aged 10 to 12 (running from 3.30pm to 5pm), and the second at 13 to 17-year-olds (running from 5.15pm to 6.45pm). Cost is $35, with more information, or to make a booking, available by contact- ing Sandra Clifford on 5023 7374. SUNRAYSIA will have 10 volleyballers repre- senting Victoria at next week’s Australian Junior Volleyball Championships in Canberra. The Sunraysia Academy of Sport athletes were selected for the championships after im- pressing at the State trials in February. The group will depart Mildura tomorrow morning in a bus supplied by the Sunraysia Vol- leyball Association. Making the 800km trip to the nation’s capital will be Zac Hermans (Under 19 Blue men’s team), Charley Cooper, Bradley Leerson (Under 17 West boy’s team) Bethany Divola, Marley Easterbrook, Jessica Killingbeck, Chloe Leamon, Ebony Littore, Teagan Mason and Catherine Smith (Under 17 West girl’s team). Victorian Under 19 women’s volleyball and SAS coach Paul Freckleton said the number of Sunraysia State representatives is on par with previous years. “Since the academy started seven years ago, we have been averaging 10 to 15 State players,” he said. “Before that we had one or two, so there has been a massive increase. “The academy is one of the best in regional Victoria, and it’s done a great job developing quality athletes.” Although half the local contingent are mak- ing their debut at the championships, Paul is expecting a competitive showing. “Zac’s team is a good chance of winning gold, they just have to overcome their rivals Queensland,” he said. “His team won gold last year in the Under 17’s, and now the same group are playing Under 19’s. “The girls have a big week ahead of them, but have a strong team and should also do well.” The national championships features six age divisions and is regarded as the biggest ju- nior volleyball tournament in Australia. Local volleyballers take the court in Canberra •• STATE PRIDE: Local volleyballers STATE PRIDE: Local volleyballers Chloe Leamon, Bethany Divola, Teagan Mason, Ebony Littore and Marley Easterbrook, ABOVE, are ready Marley Easterbrook, ABOVE, are ready Marley Easterbrook, ABOVE, are ready to represent Victoria at next week’s State championships), as are Bradley State championships), as are Bradley Leerson, Zac Hermans and Charley Leerson, Zac Hermans and Charley Cooper, RIGHT.
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