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Swifts win over locals

Monday, 15th March, 2010

* NSW Swifts' Sonia Mkoloma with some of the girls who took part in yesterday's training clinic. * NSW Swifts' Sonia Mkoloma with some of the girls who took part in yesterday's training clinic.

The city's junior netballers received some expert training yesterday during a coaching clinic hosted by several visiting New South Wales Swifts players.

Ashleigh Brazill, Jessica Mansell and Sonia Mkoloma worked with around 60 young girls over a three-hour session, teaching them the fundamentals of the game and assisting in match practice. "They did some footwork, ballwork, shooting skills, and talked them through the process of the game," said Netball NSW Game Development Manager Roz Fraser.

"The response we've had has been excellent, and the local association has been great in getting it all organised. "The kids been very good - very quiet actually which is interesting. I think they might have been a bit overawed at first, but they've settled into it."

Ms Fraser said the clinic provided good exposure for the NSW Swifts ahead of the upcoming ANZ Championships, and gave local kids a chance to ensure their skills are developing correctly. "It will give the kids an appreciation of what the swifts do, but it's also a chance to come out to give the kids some basic skill work and let them know how important it is.

"If they're not taught properly at the beginning there can be a lot of work to do (when they get older). "So we're showing them the correct techniques, and having some fun." Ms Mkoloma, who recently moved from London to join the Swifts, said the city's children had shown great enthusiasm for the game and a willingness to learn. "I think you can see some real improvement in just the short space of time that we've been here, which is good.

"There's some good budding netballers. Even though it's hot they're taking so much in, and by the end they were all smiling and getting into it." At the completion of the clinic the players signed autographs and posed for photographs, while participants received an ANZ gift bag. The Swifts also made a surprise donation, 40 new netballs to the local association.

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