Next generation of SA netball shine at Mellor Olsson Academy Games

More than 250 netballers from across South Australia participated in the 2018 Mellor Olsson Academy Games from 2-4 October at Priceline Stadium.

The Games, made possible due to the generous support of Naming Rights Partner Mellor Olsson Lawyers, saw 26 teams from nine academies take to the court.
In the Division 1 final South East defeated Adelaide Metropolitan 1, 31 to 24.

Adelaide Metropolitan edged out Spencer for a tightly contested 29 to 25 victory in Division 2, with Adelaide Metropolitans victory over Central Ranges, 36 to 29, in Division 3 rounding out the results of the 2018 competition.

Excitement peaked at the Games when Eyre Academy were announced winners of the Mellor Olsson Lawyers ‘Making a Difference’ Competition. Thanks to a generous donation from Mellor Olsson, Eyre Academy were awarded $1500, which will be put towards the travel costs of players and their families.

Other memorable moments of the Games included the presentation of National C Badges to 21 umpires, as well as a charity barbecue hosted by Mellor Olsson, which raised nearly $250 for the Buy a Bale campaign in support of Australian farmers.

The Academy Games, which concludes the national ‘Dare to Develop a Diamond Academy Program’, forms a key stepping stone within the netball pathways of South Australia, with 42 players having been selected to progress to Phase 2 of the Netball SA 17/U State Team trials.

The importance of the Games was echoed by Netball SA Coaching and Officiating Manager Roz Fraser, with the three-day competition giving South Australia players the opportunity to showcase the skills learnt through pre-elite programs.

“The program aims to assist the state’s best netballers aged 14 to 16 as they progress through the National Pathways by focusing on athletic development and the acquisition of elite skills,” she said.

“These skills and knowledge are paramount for the athletes as they move into being selected for underage state teams, the Southern Force and with the aim of the Adelaide Thunderbirds.”

Greg Arthur, Managing Partner at Mellor Olsson, said that being part of the games provided the firm with the opportunity to give back to communities across South Australia.

“We’re delighted to be in a position to help these young athletes as they progress through the various talent pathways and hope the $1,500 ‘Making a Difference’ grant will go some way to easing the significant costs incurred by the families involved in next year’s Eyre Academy,” he said.

In further support for the state’s netball community, Mellor Olsson is offering 10% off estate planning packages during 2018 for Netball SA members.

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Mellor Olsson are also a Corporate Partner of Netball SA and the Adelaide Thunderbirds.