Stephanie O’Brien shows her style for Queensland in a previous national netball championship.
Stephanie O’Brien shows her style for Queensland in a previous national netball championship. Contributed

Stephanie O’Brien aims for Qld team nod again

WARWICK'S Stephanie O'Brien is one of 86 talented Queensland netball players picked to take part in the Phase Two training camp, putting her one step away from being named in the 2014 state squad.

O'Brien is vying for selection in the under-21 state team for the second time.

"I played in the under-21 team earlier this year and we went to Canberra," she said. "It was a great experience and great to be amongst the best players in the country."

Players for the under-17, under-19 and under-21 squad will all take part in a training camp at Beenleigh this weekend. O'Brien cannot wait for the camp.

"It is always challenging but it will be good to get back to it, especially in the last month after the off-season," she said. "There is a lot of support coming from my small country town."

After growing up so close to Australian Diamonds captain Laura Geitz, O'Brien lists her as her idol.

"She is the most inspiring and coming from the same place, it is amazing to see where she has gone and what she has achieved," O'Brien said.

O'Brien said gaining selection again would put her one step closer of achieving her goal of playing for the Firebirds.

Netball Queensland high performance officer Courtney Porter said it would be a difficult decision for selectors. "The talent observed across all trials was exceptional, especially the emerging talent of the younger age groups," she said. "All three squads will be put through their paces with a focus on athlete education and development and exposure to high performance specialist coaches."

O'Brien will have to wait until the start of December before she finds out if she has made the cut.

If successful she will head to South Australia for the Under-21 National Netball Championships in March next year.



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