Queensland underage squads impress Nalatu

Queensland 17/U coach Simone Nalatu believes the state’s underage sides will be right in the mix for silverware in 2017 after overseeing the Queensland 17/U and 19/U training camp at University of Queensland (UQ) last weekend.

Nalatu and Queensland 19/U coach Megan Lynch were joined by Firebirds legend Clare McMeniman and Queensland Fusion coach Tracey Jeanes-Fraser across the weekend, with both guest coaches impressed with what they saw.

“The weekend was the first time we’ve come together since emerging players camp and it was great to get to look at our squads more closely,” Nalatu said.

“We broke the girls up into age groups and worked separately with a focus on specialist training. To have the likes of Tracey and Clare Mac there to work with them was fantastic. The girls found out on the day of camp and were very excited.

“Even better was the positive feedback we got afterwards. Clare and Tracey were really impressed with the girls and everything we saw across the weekend shows we’ve got a great young group coming through.”

Nalatu said the squads would train regularly together for the next three weeks before a final selection camp in February where they would be refined to 12 players plus four training partners.

“I think for us we’ve got to pick the right group in terms of the mix,” Nalatu said.

“There are very good girls that missed out on the squad, which is tough but is also a very promising thing. Netball Queensland has great depth and I’m very excited by what I’ve seen so far. We’ll have a very difficult task in February.”