Deniliquin Rams netballer Tessa Bulmer has again won selection in the Southern Sports Academy netball program in Wagga.
The talented 15 year-old secured a place in the program after two days of trials in October, which started with 70 budding netballers.
Giants Netball coach Julie Fitzgerald attended the trials as a special selector, with the final squad cut to 30 which includes 20 in the main Academy teams and 10 bottom-aged players in a development squad.
The skillful Deni shooter is a top-age player who’s in her second year in the Academy.
‘‘It was good last year so I’m quite excited to go again,’’ Tessa said.
‘‘I gained a lot of knowledge about game play and improved my skills over the year.
‘‘The trials were pretty tough. Both days went for six hours, testing footwork, fitness and flexibility and completing drills, shooting accuracy and game play tests.’’
The Southern Sports Academy runs over 10 months, finishing up in July before a presentation night in October.
Tessa will train monthly and play in Canberra at the Australian Institute of Sport next month. She’ll also attend two competitions — the Regional Academy High Performance camp in Sydney in March and the Academy Games in Maitland in April.
Earlier this year Tessa was named the Academy’s Division Two MVP at the Invitational Youth Games, as voted on by the opposition coaches.
‘‘I’m aiming for the Division One side this season,’’ she said.
‘‘My main goal is to improve my netball to become the best player I can be.
‘‘I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to further my netball abilities so far and have made many new friends along the way.
‘‘I caught up with four girls who I competed with in the Riverina PSSA netball team in 2014 at the trials. They also made the SSA squad so it’s been good to see them and will be great to play alongside them again.’’
Tessa will also continue to play for the Deni Rams next year, playing in the Under 17s side.