Young SASI netball stars to fine tune in pre-Christmas Canberra camp

An intense skills development and match play camp in Canberra in mid December awaits some of South Australia's best young netballers

LIFE for many of South Australia's rising netball stars is about to crank up a gear or two.

A squad of 12 athletes, mainly in SASI programs and at under-19 and under-17 state levels, will compete in Canberra (Netball Centre of Excellence between December 12-14) against similarly-aged athletes from the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.

Apart from the chance for the athletes to bond, the camp also will feature matches between the four squads looking to hone their skills.

SASI Netball Head Coach Jenny Borlase said the camp would be an ideal way to work on different parts of the game under match conditions.

"There will be a real focus on technical development and working on developing those skills for the athletes," Borlase said. "At the end of the camp there is a short break for Christmas and then back into the new year with preparation for the (2019) under-19 and 17 national titles in Brisbane (April 11 and 16) and also for some who will be preparing to play with Southern Force in the Australian Netball League. They have some busy times ahead."

The Australian Netball League is one level below the top tier Suncorp Super Netball competition.

The SASI/SA squad taking part in the camp in Canberra is:

Nyah Allen, Chelsea Blackman (Southern Force), Georgie Horjus, Tyler Orr, Georgia Dent (Southern Force), Lucy Austin, Tahlia Dnistrjanski, Maisie Nankivell (Southern Force), Molly Watson, Olivia Watts, Ivy-Rose Hughes and invited player Lauren Frew.

SASI athletes Tayla Williams, Georgia Kraft and Paris Sinclair were unavailable to make the trip.

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