Big turnout for Diamonds clinic
Friday, 3rd August, 2012
By Ben Sheffield
Broken Hill's netball fraternity was last night treated to a visit from Australian netball royalty, with Catherine Cox and Bec Bulley visiting the town to hold a couple of coaching clinics.
Catherine Cox is the current vice-captain of the Australian Diamonds netball team and stars for the West Coast Fever in the ANZ Championships as a goal shooter and goal attack player.
Bec Bulley is a Commonwealth Games silver medallist from Delhi in 2010, as well as a current member of the Australian netball squad.
She plays for the Adelaide Thunderbirds domestically and is a defence circle player, playing the positions of goal keeper, goal defence and wing defence.
The duo hosted a clinic for 11-13 year olds and then later in the evening, put players aged 14-17 through their paces.
The clinics included a variety of ball handling drills, as well as components in both attacking and defensive play.
After each session, Catherine and Bec hosted a question and answer session, letting local players find out about life as an elite netballer.
The Australian players also obliged to the avalanche of autograph seekers, both young and old.
Catherine Cox said that the main aim of the sessions was for the participants to have a bit of fun.
"We're doing a bit of specialist attacking and defensive work, which me and Bec, from playing in the positions that we do, know a fair bit about.
"But honestly, the main thing is we want the girls here to have a good time and have fun."
She said the duo really enjoy working with younger players.
"Absolutely. We love it. It's the off season at the moment, so I guess we could be sitting at home.
"But this is where the fun is, we enjoy doing it and it's a chance to give something back," Cox said.
Bec Bulley has also done an extensive amount of work with junior netabllers in her role as an ambassador for the NetSetGO! program.
The program is aimed at introducing five to ten year olds to the game and has run locally in past seasons.
With the London Olympics in full swing, both players said they would dearly love for netball to become an Olympic sport.
"We would love the chance to go and compete at an Olympics, but unfortunately I don't think it's going to happen.
"I think the Sydney games would have been the chance to put netball on as a sport.
"Anytime you get to play for your country is great, but to do it an Olympics would be absolutely amazing," Cox said.
She also said that her and Bec were hoping to see what they could of Broken Hill.
"We literally landed and then came here straight here for the clinics.
"But we're going to the Palace Hotel for dinner later on, which was in the movie Priscilla, so we can't wait for that," she said.