Perkins to lead NIAS netball team

Leading from the front: Emily Burton (vice-captain), Eliza Perkins (captain) and Anna Atkinson (vice-captain) will hold key roles in the NIAS Netball squad this year.

Leading from the front: Emily Burton (vice-captain), Eliza Perkins (captain) and Anna Atkinson (vice-captain) will hold key roles in the NIAS Netball squad this year.

Gunnedah’s Eliza Perkins was awarded the captaincy honours of the Northern Inland of Sport netball program when the squad hit the court for their first regional training day for 2017 on Sunday.

Scone’s Anna Atkinson and Glen Innes’ Emily Burton were named as vice-captains at the session at the Tamworth Sports Dome.

Stretching, and looking after themselves before, during and after games, were the main focuses of the session as they build towards the Clubs NSW Academy Games.

“It’s a pretty hectic schedule from now on,” head coach Kirstie Fuller said.

“We’ve got a camp at PLC on February 25 and 26, which is going to be pretty cool actually.”

It will be a cross-over camp with the football and AFL squads.

The AFL and football coaches will both do a session with the girls and vice versa.

Fuller said the idea is not to teach them a new sport but see how they connect and how their skills translate across different sports.

“Obviously speed and agility links into all of them and understanding space,” she said.

The camp will also incorporate a media session, yoga session and a giant fitness session, where the girls will compete against the boys.

They’ll have another session in March before the Academy Games on April 8 and 9. Sunday was a part of the process to select the two squads they’ll take to those.

The hot weather did mean they couldn’t train with usual high intensity.

“It made it much more about learning, which was a good thing,” Fuller said.

“We’ve got a lot of young people in the squad.”

“We’ve lost probably half of the squad we had last year due to age.”

She is happy with how they are progressing.

“I think we’re on the right path,” she said.

“Last year Charlotte Raleigh, who has just left the program, got into the State 19s side.”

Perkins meanwhile is in the 17s NSW Development side.

  • Squad: Anna Atkinson (Scone), Ruby Beatty, Bridgitte Beatty, Emily Burton, Georgina Burton, Annaleese Cameron, Elizabeth Chard, Siddella Donnelly, Sophie McCormick, Claudia Sieber, (Glen Innes), Maddison Collier, Isobel Kemp (Manilla), Elian Cotter, Sophia Grant, Lilli Johns, Sophia Thomas, Saskia Thomas, Mia Tindale  (Armidale), Amity Coxon (Dubbo), Skylar Dever, Isla Folpp (Muswellbrook), Briannah Donaldson, Emma Higgins, Ashleigh Horniman, Briony Littlejohns, Sarah Mcilveen, Georgia Robertson (Tamworth), Claudia Eastburn (Baradine), Bella Gallagher, Eliza Perkins, Chloe Perkins (Gunnedah), Holli Rodstrom (Curlewis), Chloe Thompson (Gilgai).