Durheim selected in NSW Under-21 netball squad
By ADAM HICKS firstname.lastname@example.org FORMER Lismore netballer Kristy Durheim has won selection in the NSW Under-21 squad.
The 19-year-old mid-court player has been named in a 16-woman train-on squad and is on the brink of gaining her first senior State bib.
But with four players to be cut within a fortnight, Durheim said she was not getting too carried away.
“To give you a good indication, there’s seven mid-courters in the squad, so there are three of us who will get cut,” she said.
“It will be tough. “You just have to go to training and make the most of it, and make it so you’re the one who is picked.”
Durheim has played with and against most squad members over the past year through the Waratah Cup in Sydney.
She said she was feeling confident of winning a centre or wing attack role but was approaching the selection process with a level head.
“You can’t really go in being cocky or arrogant,” she said. “You have to go in with the thought you haven’t made it yet and go in and give it your best shot.”
The announcement date of the final team has been delayed due to the sudden resignation of coach Rob Wright, but the players should know before mid-February.
Durheim moved to Sydney one year ago to study a Bachelor of Health Science at Sydney University and to take full advantage of her NSW Institute of Sport scholarship.
“I found out last week that I got another 12-month scholarship with NSWIS, which is awesome,” she said.
“I get to train and use all the facilities of the institute without charge and I get to work with excellent coaches, trainers, physiotherapists etc.”
“I miss my family, but other than that, there’s really not much opportunity for me (in Lismore).
“I’m never going to get the same opportunities up at home as in Sydney.”
Over the next two years she will focus on rising through the netball ranks.
“I would like to make the Trans-Tasman side, to play for the NSW Swifts,” she said.
“That is a goal to make it at some stage, but realistically that’s not for another two years.” In the meantime, Durheim has to decide what career path to pursue off the court.
“I’m not sure what I want to do exactly, but I’m thinking along the lines of physiotherapy,” she said.