CALM: Hunter Academy of Sport goal shooter Veronica Smith concentrates before taking a shot at goal.The Hunter Academy of Sport’s two netball teams have made solid starts to the nib Games tournament at the Maitland Federation Centre.

The round-robin tournament has attracted teams from across the state with nine teams competing in division one and 11 in division two.

Hunter’s division one side ended day one of the three-day tournament with two wins from their three games.

The Hunter team accounted for the Southern Academy 32-15 and defeated Western Region 31-19, however they went down 29-18 to the powerful Sydney Netball Academy outfit.

Hunter’s division two side defeated Central Coast 32-20 and Southern Academy 24-17, before winning the final late game comfortably.

The winners will be decided on the best results from the round-robin matches.

Hunter Academy of Sport chief executive officer Ken Clifford said the tournament had drawn the best netballing talent from across the state and Maitland was to be congratulated for hosting the event and reaping the benefits.

Clifford said the academy coaches took part in a special coaching clinic with NSW Swifts coach Lisa Beehag last night and the valuable tips would quickly spread through the netball ranks.

The tournament continues today from 8.30am to 5.30pm and tomorrow from 8.30am to 1.30pm. Entry is free.

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