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State netballers mix it up for fans

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December 29, 2017

Jarrad Walker during the Victorian Mixed Netball team training session at Echuca Stadium. Photo by Luke Hemer.

SOME of the state’s netball stars put on a show for their Echuca fans as the Victorian Mixed netball team held an exhibition game at the Echuca Basketball Stadium.

Even the unprecedented rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the team on its training camp weekend in the town, heading to a number of local businesses before wrapping the weekend with a little friendly competition.

The team has a local flavour, with Kyabram P-12 teacher and coach Jarrad Walker and Tongala brothers Corey and Dylan Nexhip part of the side looking to defend its national title at next April’s championships.

And with preparations starting to take shape on the weekend, Walker said the team had enjoyed getting to Echuca.

‘‘It was fantastic. We started the morning at F45 and then the rain managed to hold off for our scavenger hunt,’’ he said.

‘‘We visited a few places like Oz Maze, the Moama Bowling Club and Frinkle, and TwistED Science — I’d actually never been before and it was really cool.

‘‘We did 6.5km on the scavenger hunt, had lunch at the Echuca Hotel and then chilled out — we were going to head down to Moama Beach but the weather wasn’t quite what we’d had in mind.’’

The team took its talents to the court in the evening, getting some game time with an intraclub fixture.

A few numbers short, the state team got some help from local talent with two players from Echuca and one from Tongala joining in the game.

Walker, who was quick to assure he wasn’t a playing-coach, got involved in the scratch match with one of his players not up to playing.

‘‘We had our open training and exhibition game and it was good some people got down to have a look,’’ he said.

‘‘We had some help from local clubs and it was played at a really good standard.

‘‘It was more of a team-building thing. We changed the teams around a bit and just tried to put on a show.

‘‘We hit the mark on everything, and we had a good night afterwards.’’

Walker said the players would have a break in December and January, with regular training starting after that in Melbourne.

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