LISTEN: Coach praises Gladstone netball talent as a whole
NETBALL: Fresh from the back of a rigorous training camp in Rockhampton, a group of Gladstone girls have been rewarded with selection.
Aleisha Paul, Dayna Sharpe, Gracie Moore, Bojana Bijelic and Esther Burke - all 14 years old - will be a part of the 21-strong 2019 Capricorn Academy which is a pathway to the Capricorn Claws program.
The camp in Rocky consisted of 10 eight-minute games and Dayna said it was hard work, but it paid off.
"The camp had a fair few players and was a tough camp," centre Dayna said.
"I didn't know what to expect as I hadn't made it in previous years and I think I tried my best."
Bojana said she was pleased with her consistency and intensity throughout the whole camp and played games in the centre-wing positions.
Athletic, tall and agile pair of Aleisha and Esther are the future book-ends in defence and attack.
"I was happy and I thought I shot the ball well actually," Esther said of the camp.
Aleisha was trialled in her preferred positions of goal-keeper and goal-defence.
"There was a variety of things that were impressive with the Gladstone girls and you really did have to shine because there were over 70 girls at the camp," Capricorn Academy coach Barbara Ahmat said.
"Most of them were what we're looking for and that is with an athletic build and the opportunity to develop those players into high-level athletes."
Ahmat also looked for the commitment and attitudes of the players - ingredients what are needed to progress to the next level.
The coach added that both Aleisha and Esther are extremely co-ordinated for taller players.
"Both just kept working at a high level and they are definitely emerging talents those two girls," Ahmat said.