By Sophie Robertson
Central Coast netball captain Maddie Hompot describes her team’s preparation for the 2014 ClubsNSW Academy Games as “intensive and skill specific.”
While organisers didn’t get the clear skies they were hoping for over the weekend, the University of Wollongong Sports Hub blocked out the drizzle and chilly winds, and it was all systems go on the courts.
Central Coast’s high level of skills were on display throughout the competition, with the team adding a number of wins to their belt.
Energy levels dropped and the games started to take their toll on some of the players during the sixth game of the day against Sydney Netball Academy.
As they went to half time down by eight points, it was clear to spectators and players that this was not Central Coast’s best start to the game. Maddie described her team's effort as "slow and lazy".
However, the Captain didn't let her team's sluggish start affect her positive spirit for the second half. Using a number of motivational methods, Maddie was able to increase her team's game intensity and show spectators why she deserves the role of Captain. Spectators also helped motivate the players, with Maddie saying their chants "boosted the team's morale."
Central Coast fought hard until the final buzzer but unfortunately could not redeem the team's first half lack of intensity. The whistle blew on a tight final score of 23-17, a loss to Sydney Academy of Netball.
Hompot currently trains every day of the week, and represents her home town of Wyong at an elite level. It is this dedication and love of the game that makes Hompot wish to carry on her netball career to a professional level after she graduates her Central Coast Academy of Sport Netball Program.