West Coast Fever and Australian Fast5 Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich believes the experience of an international competition will hold young shooter Kaylia Stanton in good stead for the second season of Suncorp Super Netball.
The young West Australian replaced the injured Nat Medhurst in the team at last weekend’s Fast5 World Series.
Stanton relished her opportunity on the international stage, with Marinkovich reflecting on the moment she called the 23-year-old into her office to share the news.
“She looked at me and said ‘are you being serious, are you putting me in the team?’,” Marinkovich said.
“Kaylia certainly trained as if she was always a part of the group and participated in the whole of the program constantly challenging herself.”
“To see that next wave of players coming through and challenging and getting experience in that environment is only good for the depth of Netball in Australia.”
Marinkovich said Australia’s match against New Zealand was one that showcased Stanton’s shooting confidence.
“She stood up and was prepared to try the three pointers, she really took the two-point shots on and her movement and things that you want to see her continue to develop she was able to deliver on the Fast5 court when it was essential given the deficit of players,” she said.
“She demanded the ball and went confidently to the post.”
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