NEWS FLASH – April 30 May 2016
Future Netball Diamond finds a welcome home in QLD BUDDING STAR: Junior netballer Sarahpheinna Woulf is one of seven under-17 Queensland athletes selected in the Australian Diamonds emerging netball squad. Look what I found today at the sports section of the Brisbane Time Newspaper Sarahpheinna Woulf (Click Link)
by Ben Wilmott
A MOVE to Queensland has already reaped rewards for netball rising star Sarahpheinna Woulf.
Growing up in Sydney, Sarhapheinna’s talents won her the attention of Samantha Dawes from the City Of Sydney Netball Association.
“(Sam) approached my parents and asked to take me along and coach me,” the former Raceview State School student said. “She pretty much taught me everything I know and put me in all these competition.”
Dawes is a recognised head coach in Sydney’s junior development program and has continued her mentoring role with the junior athlete after Sarahpheinna moved to Queensland to continue her development as a top-class netballer.
The move has already paid dividends with the 16-year-old named in an emerging Australian squad after having won a bronze medal at the National Championships in Perth.
Sarahpheinna said her selection came as a surprise after finding out through a friend’s Facebook post.
“I was shocked,” she said. “I was really surprised that I got in, I didn’t expect it at all.”
As a member of the Queensland under-17 team, her coach Tracey Jeanes-Fraser was quick to congratulate the John Paul College student on her success.
“My coach called me and told me I deserved to be in there,” she said. “I’m really excited but a little nervous too.
“I just want to learn more and see what they have planned to teach us.”
Sarahpienna has always enjoyed playing netball since starting on the path to the Diamonds at age nine.
“I kind of like the competitiveness in the sport,” she said. “I’d love to continue with netball and one day play for the Firebirds or the Australian team.”
Next month Sarahpheinna will get her first taste of what it would be like to play for the national team. The squad will attend a training camp at Netball Australia’s Centre for Excellence from May 19-22 under the expert eye of Centre for Excellence head coach Jill McIntosh and Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander.
Since moving to the Sunshine State, Sarahpheinna has joined the Golden South Jaguars in the Queensland State Netball League top division.
The challenge has quickly become how to juggle playing netball for Queensland, club and school.
“This is my first time playing for this school,” she said. “I think club is a bit more challenging but I haven’t played in a (school) game yet so I’ll find out.
“Half of the girls in the (school) team are elite players which is great. We all learn so much.”
While the move has opened doors, it has also split loyalties, with Sarahphienna still a strong New South Wales Swifts fan.
“Growing up in Sydney, the Swifts are still my number one team,” she said.
“But I do go for the (Queensland) Firebirds as well. The opportunity in netball and other sports (here in Queensland) is much better than it was in Sydney though.”
With the Diamonds camp only a few weeks away, Sarahpeinna said there was one former Australian player she hopes to emulate.
I got in with defence, just to learn about it more and what they have planned to teach us
“I’ve always looked up to Mo’onia Gerrard,” she said.
“Even though she doesn’t play anymore. She coached me when I was young and she’s pretty much been a mother to me.”
There’s a long way to go to catch Gerrard’s 68 Test caps, but at just 16, Sarahpheinna certainly has a big future ahead.
Contact Sam Dawes on 0421 174 054
Representative Teams 2016
Congratulations to all Athletes and Officials on your selection for the 2016 Representative Netball Program. The CSNA Selectors & Executive would like to thank all players who trialed and all the volunteers who applied for official positions.
Check out the Junior Development Netball Program page for further details…
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DOOLEYS State League Waratah Cup
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