AN INDEPENDENT selection panel will oversee Ballarat Pride team trials this month.
UB Ballarat Pride has invited netball knowledge from across the region to assess candidates in two initial sessions.
Player candidates for the Victorian Netball League franchise will be put through intense match play in two sessions, starting tomorrow.
Initial cuts to the training squad will be made before a call-back session on October 27.
Pride spokesman Jordan O’Keefe said club coaches would be at the sessions but felt independent perspective would help assemble the best, well-rounded squad.
“(Independent selectors) will look at all parts of the game,” O’Keefe said.
“Sometimes coaches can look for what they immediately need, and independent selectors will help so coaches don’t get drawn into looking for filling their short falls to build around the players they already have.”
O’Keefe said there had been a “significant amount of interest” in the trials in players from other VNL clubs and from Netball Victoria academies.
Pride championship division goaler Jordyn Bibby is likely to be sidelined for the pre-season after a knee injury she sustained in the Ballarat Football League netball finals series.
Goal keeper Emma Wright has retired for family reasons.