City v Country coaches, dates announced

Kerrianne Farrelly (Country) and Rebecca Stower (City) have been named head coaches for Netball Queensland’s three game City v Country series on 8 and 9 July 2017.

The new format will be played over a single weekend and will include a two-day camp for each side prior to the series, which will aid Country athletes who face a more extensive travel schedule than their City counterparts.

Samsung Queensland State Netball League (QSNL) Division 2 players are eligible for selection, with the starting sevens voted on by QSNL coaches and substitutes picked by coaching staff.

Squads will be named on Wednesday 14 June and a venue will be confirmed shortly.

City coach Stower, also the head coach of Darling Downs Panthers, said the concept was fast establishing itself as an exciting pillar of Netball Queensland’s development pathway.

“I was quite excited when I received the call. City v Country is a great reward for girls who have done the hard slog through QSNL,” she said.

“It’s also great opportunity for those Country players to get the opportunity to put themselves up against the best in City to test themselves. Personally, I’m looking forward to challenging myself as a coach, working with players I don’t know and providing them some great feedback throughout the series.

“Netball Queensland are working in a really positive direction with the City v Country concept. In general, the door is now open for many more development opportunities, especially in the country. There’s a lot more support for coaches, players and umpires on the pathway.

“Looking down the tunnel, the gap between City and Country sides will hopefully close and this is a great way to help further the development of athletes and coaches.”

Marlin Coach Marlins coach Winnie Whately was named assistant coach for Country, while Brisbane South Wildcats Division 2 coach Anna Young was named assistant coach for City.