Australian netballer Sam Poolman steps onto Muswellbrook’s Karoola Park courts

IT’S not often a current national representative heads to the country to “put something back into the sport”.

Usually, they’re using their off-season to recharge the batteries and take a well-earned break.

But, Australian netballer Sam Poolman doesn’t fit into that category.

The Giants members’ Player of the Year was more than happy to step onto Muswellbrook’s Karoola Park courts to host her ASPIRE coaching course – just weeks after her Fast5 appearance in the “green and gold”.

“My aim is to give all associations an opportunity,” she said.

“I was in Scone [this morning], then Muswellbrook; and I’ll be back next weekend, too.

“I’m a Newcastle girl, so I’m passionate about developing the region.

“It’s also a chance to share my knowledge and journey with the young girls.

“Growing up, they watch the [Australian] players on television.

“However, there’s not much possibility of actually meeting them face-to-face.

“Greater Bank’s support has allowed me to do that.

“The girls have been great in both towns.

“I’m hoping to make it [the coaching clinics] a yearly event and looking to include Singleton in the new year.”

Poolman admitted the recent competition was “incredible”.

“Fast5 is an awesome game,” she said.

“Even though it was a challenge for me, I loved it.”

Meanwhile, the Muswellbrook Netball Association recently announced its representative teams for 2018. 

The successful players were:

17 years - Jacinta Ballard, Isobel Bates, Lucy Britten, Mikayla Brown, Skylar Dever, Ella Drayton, Lucy Haylen, Sophie Martin, Chloe Russel

15 years - Aneira Bray, Bridie Clinch, Clare Howard, Amber Morgan, Shae Reynolds, Heidi Richards, Meg Southcombe, Chelsea Bowditch

14 years - Memphis Dever, Priya Gill, Sarah Grey, Isla Hamson, Abbey Howard, Charlotte Kelly, Imogen Owen, Illuka Norman, Sarah Walker

13 years - Naimh Bray, Sherri Brown, Sienna Comerford, Zanay Cullen, Hannah Kermond, Amara McTaggart, Josie Matthews, Lluka Moffitt

12 years - Millie Chapman, Alivia Cullen, Mia Dial, Gabrielle Fuller, Grace Kelly, Imogen Meissner, Claudia Murray, Hayley Passmore, Audrey Sinclair

11 years development - Ella-Rose Angel, Ayla Pritchard, Sidney Murray, Annika Edwards, Amali Norman, Lauren Neverov, Samara Curry, Sasha Bailey, Phoebe Raisebeck, Macey Cox, Amelia Wadwell