Specialist Netball Program

In 2007 St Mary's College introduced the Netball Academy to foster excellence and elite skills in talent young netballers. This program has been conducted in after school hours and has now expanded into a netball curriculum within the College. St Mary's College is an endorsed Netball SA Specialist Netball school. 

The Netball Academy is open to students who demonstrate talent and potential in netball and is available as an elective subject in Year 8, 9 and 10. 

Year 11 and 12 students currently complete the components outside school hours. Students who display advanced netball skills, from Years 6 - 10 are invited to train as part of a Netball Development Squad and represent St Mary's College in the State Knockout Netball Competition, Catholic Girls Secondary Netball Competition, Southern Zone Competitions and in a National Carnival held in the Gold Coast each July.

Students who are selected as members of the Netball Academy can complete the requirements of the program within their PE lessons, as well as offline trainings and the Stage 1 Community Studies subject. 

Training consists of early morning and lunchtime sessions. The program has been extremely successful, with many of our teams playing in state-wide finals and developing players who have represented at club, state and national level. The program focuses on skill development, fitness and theory components.

Head Coach

Amanda Shattock

  • Advanced Coaching Accreditation
  • SA U/19 Head Coach 2022
  • SA U/17 and SA U/19 Assistant Coach 2015 - 2021
  • SA 15 and Under Head Coach 2010 - Current
  • Matrics PL Reserves Head Coach 
  • State Selector

Coaching Staff

Hannah Schwarz

  • Matrics PL Player 
  • SA U/19 and U/21 Representative 

Laura Gilbert 

  • Advanced Coaching Accreditation
  • SA U/17 (2018) and U/19 (2016) Assistant Coach
  • SASI Squad Manager (2013-17)
  • Matrics AMND Head Coach

Leigh Waddington - Specialist Coach 

  • Former Thunderbird and SA / ANL Representative 

Many of our external coaches are Old Scholars and are current State, National and Premier League Players. All coaches support the ethos of the College and the aims of the Sports program.

For further information on our sport and netball program please contact the school or click below to visit us on one of our College Tours.

Student State / National and PL Representatives

Many of our Academy students have represented SAPSASA Districts, SA, in State Teams, as well as being selected in SASI programs, Australian Talent Identification Programs, National Teams and playing in Premier League competitions. Many current students are also members of the Netball SA Academy Development teams.

Tahlia Dnistrjanksi

  • SASI
  • State U/15, U/17 and U/19 Representative
  • Australian Camp Australian Junior Representative
  • Premier League Contax

Cameron Golding

  • State U/15 and U/17 Representative
  • Australian Camp
  • Premier League Reserves Oakdale

Catherine Dalton 

  • State U/15 Representative
  • AMND Matrics

Laura Duncan

  • State U/15 Representative
  • Premier League Reserves Oakdale

Jasmine Abbott

  • State U/15 Representative
  • Garville State League Player

Madison Golding

  • North Adelaide SAPSASA Rep 2018, 2019
  • U/12 SA Representative 

Community Support 

Our Netball Academy students also complete the following activities as part of their involvement in the Netball Academy:

  • Umpiring and coaches for junior school teams, as well as other Catholic Primary Schools
  • Mentoring junior coaches and umpires
  • Organising and running junior netball carnivals
  • Coordinating and leading St Mary's College Net Set Go Program
  • Specialist area coaching for our Junior students
  • Bench officiating for Netball SA and Netball Australia Tournaments