CONSISTENT improvement in a state league netball team has earned Colac netballer Rebecca Scott Victorian selection.
Scott will be one of five new faces in Victoria’s 21-and-under netball squad after she missed Victorian selection at 19-and-under level.
The talented goaler represented Northern Territory during last year’s 19-and-under national championships.
But Scott will represent her home state at this year’s national championships in Perth after impressive performances for Victorian Netball League team Geelong Cougars.
Victorian 21-and-under coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell said Scott’s consistent efforts in state league matches and at trials had earned her a spot in the squad.
“It was her versatility between the two positions and the volume of shots she has been taking at her VNL club,” she said.
“Also her accuracy impressed selectors and she had better body awareness of her space.”
Scott, South Barwon’s Kate Thompson, and Melbourne pair Maggie Lind and Sarah Main form the Victorian attack for July’s state championships.
Keppich-Birrell said competition for on-court positions would intensify in coming weeks.
“They have quite a lot of different attributes and in that respect we’ve selected four very different goalers,” she said.
“She’s in a group of very talented players and I’m the type of coach who will select the team based on their merits and how they’re working within the team.
“There’s not one top goaler at the moment, there are four goalers vying for two spots.”
Keppich-Birrell said the Victorian team wanted to go one better after finishing runner-up at 21-and-under national championships last year.
“We know what were going to come up against with New South Wales and we’ve selected a team to combat their strengths and expose their weakness,” she said.
“It will be a difficult operation because the team will not have 12 players together at any point until the championships.
“There will be lots of individual development and unit development across the lead up.
“We expect them to have a good crack at that championship this year.”