Budding netballers spend school holidays with Adelaide Thunderbirds

Close to 200 young netballers relished the opportunity to learn the tricks of the game from Adelaide Thunderbirds players across three school holiday clinics.

The clinics, held at Priceline Stadium in the October school holidays addressed all three critical areas of the court with specialist sessions from Adelaide Thunderbirds players Cat Tuivaiti (attack and goaling), Fiona Themann (defence) and Hannah Petty (centre court).

Netball SA accredited coaches complimented these specialist sessions by providing coaching on passing technique, footwork, game sense and match play to finish the day.

For Lilli Smith, who attended the Netball SKILLS Clinic on Wednesday 11 October, the highlight of the day was perfecting her front cut – a lead used by an attacker to get in front of their defender.

Lilli, who plays goal shooter, said she also enjoyed the match play scratch matches, which allowed her to put into practice the new skills she had learnt.

“My team won a few games – so that was good,” she said.

“Netball is my favourite sport and I also really love the Adelaide Thunderbirds.”

A new addition to the Suncorp NetSetGO Skills Clinic, for players aged 8-10 years, and the Netball SKILLS Clinic, for players 11-16 years, was the nutrition and hydration lesson hosted by Fiona Themann.

Fiona shared with young netballers what they should eat before and after a game of netball and examples of good and bad hydration strategies. They also enjoyed making Fiona’s famous blueberry and banana smoothies, and were given a nutritious recipe to prepare themselves at home and recover just like the Adelaide Thunderbirds do.

The next Adelaide Thunderbirds School Holiday Clinics will be held in January 2018, on the following dates. An early bird discount of 10% is available if you register before 30 November 2017.

Monday 15 January

9:30am – 11:30am – Adelaide Thunderbirds School Holiday Clinics (5-7years)

1pm – 4pm – Adelaide Thunderbirds School Holiday Clinics (8-10 years)

Tuesday 16 January

9am – 3pm – Adelaide Thunderbirds School Holiday Clinics (11–16 years)

To register click here.


Photo: Adelaide Thunderbird player Fiona Themann with eager school holiday clinic participants.