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2024 Trials

Trials for 2024 17&U, 15&U and 13&U teams will be held on Friday 13 October and Friday 20 October, 6pm - 9pm at the State Netball Centre, Parkville.

We may also conduct an extra selections/grading session on Friday 27 October, if required.

Register for trials via the link under your age group below. There is a charge of $17.80 which covers our administrative costs of running trials.

17 & Under (Players born in 2007 and 2008)

https://netballtrials.com/register/essendon-thunder-trials-17u-essendon-district/

15 & Under (Players born in 2009 and 2010)

https://netballtrials.com/register/essendon-thunder-trials-15u-essendon-district/

13 & Under (Players born in 2011 and 2012)

https://netballtrials.com/register/trials-13u-essendon-district-netball-associat/

11 & Under (Players born in 2013 and 2014)

https://www.trybooking.com/CLLLW

Expression of Interest for Opens will be available shortly.

2024 Program Information

All Essendon Thunder training is held on Sunday afternoons/evenings at Riverside Netball Courts, Ascot Vale.

Indicative training times (subject to coach time availability for age group)

  • 11&U - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

  • 13&U/15&U - 4:30pm to 6pm

  • 17&U/Open - 6pm to 7:30pm

17 & Under Program (Players born in 2007 and 2008)

  • Maximum of 2 teams

  • Teams will play in the Tuesday 17 & Under Parkville Premier competition at the State Netball Centre

    • Individual 17&U players may be selected to play in our Open Premier teams based on skill and potential development. These players will join the 17&U teams for tournaments.

  • Two Sunday tournaments between February and May;

  • The two teams will attend Central West Association Championships (approx. June).

15 & Under (Players born in 2009 and 2010)

  • 2 teams will be selected for our 15&U 'Rep Teams' - i.e. guaranteed player selection for Central West Association Championships (where players can be Talent Identified for the Netball Victoria pathway).

  • Teams will play in the Thursday 15 & Under Parkville Competition

    • Matches are played either at Riverside or the State Netball Centre, depending on the division we are selected for.

    • Times for matches rotate between 6:30pm, 7:20pm, 8:10pm and 9pm​

  • Two Sunday tournaments between February and May, followed by the two teams attending Central West Association Championships (approx. June).

Thunder may elect to select a 'Development Team' of bottom age players (turning 14 in 2024), if there are enough players identified with potential to form a team. This team would participate in the Thursday night Parkville 15 & Under Competition and players from this team may be elevated to the tournament teams if required (i.e. in the event of Injury/illness to other players).

13 & Under (Players born in 2011 and 2012)

  • Up to four teams (maximum 40 players) will be selected for our 13 & Under Program in 2024.​

    • Note: Players will be graded on their individual abilities and skills, not placed in teams based purely on their age. I.e. If a bottom-age player (turning 12 in 2024) is more skilled and has more potential than a top-age player (turning 13 in 2024), the bottom age player will be ranked and placed higher than the top age player.

  • Teams will play on Thursday evenings at Riverside Netball Courts:

    • 2 teams in the Parkville 15 & Under competition - Times for matches rotate between 6:30pm, 7:20pm, 8:10pm and 9pm​​

    • 2 teams in the Essendon District 13 & Under competition - Time for matches rotate between 6:30pm and 7:20pm.

  • Teams may also be selected to play on Saturday mornings at Parkville Netball - This information will be discussed with selected players.

  • All teams will attend two Sunday tournaments between February and May.

  • Two teams will be selected (the 2 strongest teams) to attend Central West Association Championships (approx. June).

11 & Under (Players born in 2013 and 2014)

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