GALLERY: Vixen encourages young netballers in Warrnambool to give it their best shot

MELBOURNE Vixen Erin Hoare delighted young netballers at a Netball Victoria regional clinic yesterday in Warrnambool.

Hoare, along with former Vixen Micaela Wilson, took more than 50 girls for a two-hour session at the Arc.

The 25-year-old from Geelong joined the Vixens at the end of 2012 after playing with feeder team Victorian Fury.

Standing 194cm tall, Hoare plays goal shooter or goal attack.

The Vixens won the 2014 trans-Tasman championship, defeating the Queensland Firebirds 53-42 on June 22.

Hoare, who was listed on the interchange for the grand final, said the win was the culmination of a year of hard labour.

“It was amazing,” she said.

“It’s still quite fresh as it was only a couple of weeks ago. It’s what we planned for and worked hard for this year.”

The south-west’s young netballers learnt warm-up drills, shooting practice and footwork and defensive skills.

Hoare said the sessions at the sold-out clinic replicated the Vixens’ training regime.

“We are using this opportunity today to get out to regional Victoria and encourage the girls,” she said.  “I made it quite late to the Vixens at 22. 

“I tell the girls not to worry, there is always different pathways.”

Hoare played netball for St Mary’s Football Netball Club for 12 years before joining Victorian Fury and she is studying for her PhD in adolescent psychology at Deakin University.

Hoare said her dream was to represent Australia.

“Every netballer wants to do that,” she said.

“Representing your country is the main goal you can have in our sport.”

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