Bullets duo contest state trials
TWO of Hervey Bay Netball Association's brightest young talents will have to outperform national players if they want to qualify for Netball Queensland's 17-and-under team.
Jaymee Ericson and Isabelle Baumanis will participate in their second and last training camp this weekend, when the 27 talented youngsters will be trimmed to a final 16-strong playing squad.
Kerrianne Farrelly coached both players during Bullets Nubees' run to the HBNA Division 1 grand final.
Farrelly, who is assistant coach of Queensland's 19&Us, said both players would face stiff competition.
"For these two to get to this point in making the trials, they should be very proud of themselves,” Farrelly said. "I've coached both so its great to see them get through. It's not the end, it's just a stepping stone.
"They still have the Qld 19s next year. To make it this far is a feat for our region.”
Baumanis, a goal shooter, will face players who have been identified as emerging talents by NQ, including Australian representatives and a 191cm-tall former basketball player.
"I would think (she's) one person they look at very closely,” Farrelly said. "When it comes to shooting position (Isabelle) will have to shine in the goal attack role to show the speed off the mark, the drive forward, making herself available to feed it into the shooter.
"She's got a big task ahead of her but if she focuses and goes in hungry she has a good chance of making the squad.”
New Suncoast Lynx player Ericson, who has played wing attack but will contend for centre court positions,
"She's looking hungry, she's driving hard to every ball, and her speed off the mark has improved with every training sessions,” Farrelly said.
"The training she's done off season with Lynx, you can see her body's developed and she's looking fit.”