Early volleyball training shows worth



GLADSTONE High will continue to be a powerhouse of girls' volleyball judging by the latest batch of triallists for School of Excellence program placings.

Head coach Brian van der Weide said the standard of triallists continued to improve as players gained more exposure to the sport at primary school level.

That was again evident as players trialled for spots in the 2006 squads at Gladstone High last Saturday.

'They're getting better every year,' van der Weide said.

'The year sevens trialling now, know how to play because of the programs introduced at the Calliope and Central state schools.

Calliope State School was the overall champion school at the 2005 primary schools cup in September.

'Whereas, in the past, we were mainly looking for girls who were athletic but had not necessarily played the game before, these girls not only have the athleticism but also have the skills. They know how to serve, set and dig,' he said.

Year 7 students attending Gladstone High next year have another chance to impress when a second trial is staged at the school on November 29.

Next year's program inductees will not be announced until this year's senior squad has returned from the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup in Melbourne from December 4 to 9.



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