"I HAVE wanted to be a netball player since day one," Hervey Bay teenager Brooke Hall declared. Matthew McInerney

Nothing will stop Brooke Hall from reaching her goal

"I HAVE wanted to be a netball player since day one," Hervey Bay teenager Brooke Hall declared.

"I started when I was five and I've never wanted anything else. It's my goal, and I'm not going to stop until I reach my goal."

With motivation like that, you can understand how Hall fought her way into Netball Queensland Academy squad after she initially missed out.

NQ's decision to overlook the teen fuelled Hall's desire to reach the squad, and she returned to Bay Bullets with more motivation than ever.

She stepped up to the Kerrianne Farrelly-coached Division One side that won this year's Hervey Bay Netball title, and it was in that environment she developed her game to a point NQ could not refuse her talent.

"Throughout the year I strived to get fit and improve my netball skills," Hall said.

"With KC (Farrelly) as my club coach it really helped me improve my netball. The goal was to improve so I could try again for the squad."

A successful trial later saw admission to phase one, and though she didn't pass phase two she learned exactly what she had to do to improve.

"Because I'm so thin and I'm not as tall as the defenders, I have to learn how to hold proper as I'm not very good at that," Hall said.

"It's not so much my shooting; my shooting style is pretty good. It used to be bad but ever since I was coached by KC it's really improved."

Hall said she looked up to Australian Diamond Erin Bell and New Zealander Maria Tutaia, while defender Laura Geitz was also a favourite.

RAS members

U14: Tamara Anderson, Claire Drake

U15: Isabelle Baumanis, Breanna Duffy

U16: Brooke Hall, Cheyanne Johansen, Ella Nicholson



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