Melanie shoots for state squad

RISING STAR: Melanie Neuendorf (right) will travel to Logan next week to fight for a spot on the Queensland netball team.
RISING STAR: Melanie Neuendorf (right) will travel to Logan next week to fight for a spot on the Queensland netball team.

YOUNG netball prodigy Melanie Neuendorf will be among the state's best up and coming netballers next week in a bid to claim a debut spot on the state representative team.

Melanie will join more than 140 netballers from all over Queensland as she travels to the Logan Metro Indoor Sports complex as part of the Darling Downs Ergon Energy Netball Academy team.

The Ergon Energy Netball Academy Screening and Development Camp, from September 23 to 25, will be the first selection trial for 2012 Netball Queensland State underage teams and will have talented netballers from 12 regions over Queensland trying out.

Melanie said she had been participating in a number of training and development programs with the Darling Downs Academy team since March and looked forward to the challenge next week.

"I'm really excited," she said.

"It will be good meeting new people and learning new things about netball and hopefully I get selected for Queensland."

The 15-year-old Lockyer District High student said she had only been playing netball for a few years and had enjoyed the experience of being a part of the academy team but expected next week's camp to be tough.

"There will be a lot of good netballers there," she said.

"I'm going to have to try really hard if I want to be seen by selectors. It has been good but hard, I didn't think it would be this hard."

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