Robyn Broughton on lookout for future stars
Elite coach Robyn Broughton finds it refreshing to watch the Silver Ferns of the future at South Island secondary schools' netball tournaments.
Broughton is coaching the Verdon College team at the annual tournament which began yesterday and finishes on Thursday at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill.
''I can see lots of good players here,'' she said.
''You can tell who has athleticism to make it to the top.''
Interestingly, Verdon's first game yesterday was against Christchurch's St Andrew's College, coached by Broughton's daughter, Kirsty Carline. St Andrew's won 48-28.
The mother and daughter have coached opposing teams in the past, with Broughton having the better success rate.
Broughton has coached Verdon to win seven A grade finals at the South Island secondary schools' tournament. The first year she coached Verdon, in 1983, they won the final, while the other six wins were in 2006-07 and 2000-03.
Her only other win in a final came with James Hargest High School in A grade in 1967. Carline played for Southland Girls' High School's A grade team when they won the 1985 final.
Broughton lives in Wellington, from January to July, coaching the Central Pulse in the trans-Tasman netball competition. However, next year will be her last term in that role.
She said too much emphasis was placed on having tall netball players.
''We need to get away from height ... we need to look more at speed, precision and skill.''
Broughton is impressed by St Andrew's College's captain, Charlotte Elley, who is vice-captain of the New Zealand secondary schools' side.
''She leads well on the court, you can see her leadership qualities.''
Carline and other visiting coaches and managers praised the ILT Stadium Southland facilities.
''Playing indoors is a real treat for us,'' Carline said.
''Every Saturday in Christchurch we're playing outdoors.''
Carline played for Southern Sting for three years and is in her 24th year of coaching.Meanwhile, Christchurch's Julie Seymour, who played 92 games for the Silver Ferns, is in Invercargill for the tournament. ''It's an amazing tournament, great for the girls,'' Seymour said.
Seymour played for St Margaret's College at four South Island tournaments.
''The girls' can learn so much playing different schools and different styles [of play].''
Having the fitness to play two games a day and being competitive at the end of a tournament was an attribute of a good player, she said.
Seymour is assistant coach of the New Zealand secondary schools' team. She works for Netball New Zealand watching for emerging talent.
''We track and identify girls that are coming through.''
- The Southland Times