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Selection and Eligibility

Players turning 13 and older in the following year, are selected during trials, typically held in October over two trial sessions. 


Trial information will be made available in the month prior to the trials. Selection trials are conducted with independence and objectivity.

Eligibility requirements are outlined below.


Junior Program (15 & Under, 13 & Under and 11 & Under)

ASSOCIATION ELIGIBILITY: Players must be registered members of an Essendon District Netball Association ('EDNA') club and meeting the finals qualification according to EDNA by-laws This typically involves playing, in the year of trial, at least 5 games for an EDNA club in the 'Winter' Season (March-August)



at least 3 games for an EDNA club in the 'Spring' Season (September-December).


AGE ELIGIBILITY: Players becoming aged 10-15 years in the following year. I.e. to trial for the 2024 program, the player must be turning 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 years of age in the 2024 calendar year.

If selected to a Thunder Junior Program, players must retain their ASSOCIATION ELIGIBILITY during the 'Winter' season of involvement. I.e. if a player trials in 2023 and is selected for the 2024 program, they must retain the ASSOCIATION ELIGIBILITY during the 2024 Winter EDNA season.


17 & Under and Open Program

All players are eligible to apply to trial provided they meet the age by-law requirements of the Parkville Netball Competition for the year of the competition they are trialling for. Players are not required to play at Essendon District Netball Association to be eligible.

17 & Under Players MUST play in the Tuesday evening Parkville Netball Competition for Essendon Thunder to be eligible to attend Association Championships, as per Netball Victoria requirements.

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