It has come down to just two hours of sweat and hope.
For the reigning ANL premiers, there’s no easy path into next season’s program.
New Tasmanian Magpies coach Elissa Kent cast her eye over the statewide talent in Hobart on Saturday.
Kent was hoping to select her Tassie component of the Magpies squad during her one-day, fly-in observations.
“This is it,” Kent said, her words sounding final.
“So we’re hoping to announce the girls that have made that training squad in the next week or two weeks.
“There certainly won’t be another trial date.”
Kent admits she has been relying on knowledge of other coaches in Tasmanian netball circles, but had also watched footage of all players at the trial, as well as looking into their State League history and development pathways.
State League premiers Northern Hawks were out in force with Zoe Claridge, Jamie Symons and Gemma Poke trialing, while Cavaliers new prospects were Dana Lester and Lucy Dennis and Hayley McDougall was Devon’s sole representative.
“I feel really pleased with the standards of the trials, the way the girls performed and the options we now have,” Kent said. “We have to now think about a few things and how we’ll manage a team.”
The Melbourne-based head coach plans to show greater visibility in preseason with the Tasmanians.
“I do want to make sure I’m involved in Tasmania, so I’m keen to do some sessions here and have more exposure to the athletes and not just Melbourne,” Kent said.