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Netball - 24. February 2008.

Back to business for our world champion goal shooters


Young Natalie Medhurst who took the court in the dying minutes of a tense world title showdown with arch-rival New Zealand in Auckland last November, was one of six leading shooters invited.

She was joined by world champions, Sharelle McMahon, Cath Cox and Susan Pratley, and 2008 Australian Squad members Caitlin Thwaites and Kate Beveridge.

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Medhurst said she was feeling the effects of her first workout on court since the World Championships.

“I’m feeling very sore, as it’s the first bit of court work I’ve done since November, she said. “But I expected to pull up sore as it is completely different to doing cardio work which we have concentrated on in the off-season.”

Medhurst says the emphasis at the shooting camp was on counteracting change on court and using scientific analysis to improve their shooting.

“Our national coach, Norma Plummer wanted us to notice changes on court, particularly when defenders were mixing it up, and react to that,” she said. “We also worked on a variety of new moves around the circle and the sports scientists gave us feedback on our shooting styles.”

Australia’s leading midcourters headlined by 2007 World Champions, Natalie von Bertouch and Lauren Nourse, will attend a camp in Canberra next week to complete the specialist series.

Our leading national stars will all hit the court for their club teams in the inaugural semi-professional ANZ Championship, starting on April 5.

Later this year a series of Australian Squad camps will form part of the build-up to the much-anticipated Holden Netball Test Series featuring the New Zealand Silver Ferns.

“It will be a long year for the players but having had a taste of playing in the Australian Team my goal now is to seal a more regular spot,” Medhurst said.

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