TWO Cobden netballers are relishing the chance to return to group training as junior sport emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eisha Howard, 13, and Kate Smith, 14, are two of hundreds expected to return to the court when Hampden league junior action is restored on July 15.
The Bombers duo were training with teammates on Sunday and welcomed the chance to take part in fitness and skills drills.
Both girls maintained fitness and skills in the COVID-19 sport shutdown.
"I've been practising my shooting for goal a few times a week," Howard said.
"I also did some fitness drills at home where I could."
For Smith, running was frequent in the netball hiatus to help her cardiovascular capacity.
Howard said the chance to interact with teammates was also welcomed.
"It's just really good for my fitness and I'm excited to get back into it," Howard said.
"We're back to learning skills again and I have a lot of good friends that are playing as well.
"It's good to see everyone again."
Smith said Cobden was well-prepared heading into the season. The Bombers will play Terang Mortlake in round one in a home fixture.
"I think we have a good team and some good players," she said.
"I just like competing against and with my friends and that competition is really fun."
The Hampden league unveiled a 10-round home-and-away fixture last Thursday, with Wednesday night matches among the highlights.
Standalone junior club Hawks will make the midweek slot their own, with other games to be played on Saturdays. The league's traditional junior Sunday competition has moved across for 2020.
There will be a two-week finals series.
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I've been practising my shooting for goal a few times a week at home.Eisha Howard