When a player arrives at the Metro Netball Club, she is assessed to help recognise her strengths and her weaknesses. Players are not only tested in their ability to catch and throw but also by use of video data logging, they are given direct feedback regarding positioning of their limbs. Mathematics is used to help players understand ratios of work between elbows, knees, ankles and wrists.
Just like in AFL, where footballers are being compared to Chris Judd, at the metro Netball Club, we use Sharelle McMahon as our reference for our goalers and the likes of Maddie Robinson for mid-court.
In carrying out these tests, some players benefit from remaining in their age group, whilst others benefit from being challenged at an Open level. Under the guidance of our development Coach, Bernie Huryn, players can nominate to proceed via a 'Fast-Tracking' process, where they play in one of the Open divisions in Premier League at the State Netball Centre.
It is at this level that these players learn more about intensity, especially as they learn to contest against bigger and faster bodies.
Players only play one season in the development team and are then candidates for the other Premier League Open teams. Currently, metro has teams in Division 2, 4, 5 and 6. Through this process, by use of technology, assessment and dedicated coaches, we hope that we can help these players further develop into VNL quality players. After that, the sky is the limit.
For further information, please call the Head Coach, Ferruccio on 0409-metro-1.