Beaudesert netballers had the chance to meet their heroes and learn new skills when Australian Diamond player Gretel Bueta and former NSW Swift Emma Tickner ran a clinic at the Beaudesert and District Netball Club’s courts.
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Club President Deb Love said it was exciting for the Club and participants to have National players presenting the clinic.
“It’s a great start to our season to have such high profile players and Gretel and Emma are both so popular with the girls.
“It’s amazing that they’ve decided to come to our little club and share the hour and a half with us. It’s very special.”
Tickner and Bueta coached over 30 players in ball skills, defensive play and shooting.
Bueta gave the girls the opportunity to ask questions after the clinic finished and provided some insight into her career path.
Bueta, who plays for the Australian Diamonds and Queensland Firebirds, is one of the biggest names in Australian Netball.
She played a major role in the Diamond’s Commonwealth Games, scoring 253 goals during the games.
Bueta also received Australian netball’s highest honour in 2019, winning the Liz Ellis Diamond at the Australian Netball Awards.
The 191 centimetre goal shooter started playing basketball before playing netball.
She told the clinic participants at Under 21 level she began to increase her training regime, working on different aspects of her game in six week intervals – footwork, shooting, stepping and her style of play against different opponents.
“I said, I’m going to do whatever I can to be the best netballer I can be,” she said.
The clinic was part of the Clinic Hub’s Great West Roadtrip which saw Bueta and Tickner also travel to Warwick, Dalby and Nanango.