Lauren on an upward curve
LOCAL netball followers take note – Lauren Scully has a big future. That’s what local netball pundit, and Lauren’s coach and team-mate, Kath Ellis believes.
And as the sister of former Australian netball captain Liz Ellis, Kath should know.
“She is very committed to her netball and will go a long way,” Kath Ellis said.
Lauren has just been selected for the Queensland Under-17s netball side and will play at the National Netball Championships in Adelaide from April 7-12.
A native of Skennars Head, Lauren attended competitive trials at Mt Gravatt in Brisbane last week and she said she cannot wait for the Adelaide series.
“It’s a strong side, and I think we have a good chance of winning,” she said.
Playing as either a goal shooter or goal attack, Lauren started playing last year for the Southport-Carrara club in Queensland in a bid to advance her game.
“I heard they were pretty good,” she said.
“The games start around April but I’m going up there about two or three times a week at the moment to train.”
Lauren will continue to play though for the Ballina Headlanders in the local Premier League competition but Ellis believes the strong Queensland league will really improve her game.
“Lauren is still pretty young so it is pretty tough in the women’s top grades,” Ellis said. “But with more experience, her on-court demeanour will become even stronger.”
Ellis coaches Lauren at her school, Lismore’s Trinity Catholic College, and also plays with her at the Ballina Headlanders Club.
“She trains hard, is reliable and as a goal shooter, she is fairly consistent,” Ellis said.
“With some expert coaching, she can only improve.
“She stands at six foot-one or two inches (186cm), which is her greatest strength and is very helpful as a shooter.”
Lauren will enter Year 11 this year at school, but netball remains her first priority.