Gunnedah Netball Association duo Holli Rodstrom and Bella Gallagher returned from the Academy Games in late April with a wealth of knowledge.
The St Mary’s College students represented the Northern Inland Academy of Sport at the games.
Gallagher – who is the captain of the NIAS netball squad – was in the division one team while Rodstrom was playing in division two.
It was Rodstrom’s debut at the games which was made more memorable when the netballer was named in the division two merit team.
“That was my first time going and being picked as MVP [for NIAS’ second division team] was very exciting and a great opportunity,” Rodstrom said.
“It was a really good experience. Getting feedback from coaches and putting it into games and developing from there.”
While neither side was able to clinch a victory at the carnival, Gallagher said the carnival was more about improvement.
“It was a great experience, it always is playing against harder teams who have been selected from a larger pool than us and train more often,” Gallagher said.
“We get to see how they [other teams] play, what they do and learn from them.
“Both teams are young so we have a lot to learn and a lot of room to grow.”
As far as their NIAS commitments go, the netballers will have the second school term off apart some theoretical work.
The time off is given so the netballers can instead focus on their local representative commitments.
In term three it will be full steam ahead for the netballers with NIAS.