Vixens shooter Catherine Cox to fine-tune Pride goalers

MELBOURNE Vixen and retired Australian Diamonds goalers Catherine Cox will lead a specialist Ballarat Pride training session on Wednesday night.

Young 19/under sharp shooters Hayley Fidler, Ruby Parry and promoted development player Lauren Jew will work closely on technique.

It will also be a chance for championship division defender Emma Ryan - a sometime goaling option - to learn from Cox's experience on ways to combat rival goalers, particularly close to the post.

Fed Uni Ballarat Pride head coach Jo Dash said Cox's visit to Llanberris Reserve sparked great excitement at the end of a long Victorian Netball League season.

The session is also well-timed to lead into Pride's second and final home game, which is on Sunday at the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre.

"It's really one hour of fantastic solid learning - a real boost," Dash said.

"There's some great things she can really talk about.

"She's been saying how the game has changed so much since she started, she is no longer the tallest shooter out there and the defenders are generally getting taller too.

"That's something our players can relate to."

Cox arrives in Ballarat via a Vixens' program under which Pride could apply for a session with a player.

Pride is looking to do more specialist training sessions, bringing elite players to the region, should the club be successful in winning back a VNL licence.

In the club's submission to the VNL, delivered on Monday night, decorated former Diamonds Natasha Chockljat, Elissa Hunt and Liz Boniello have committed to be specialist coaches.

Ballarat Netball Association all-abilities netballers, who play at Llanberris on Wednesday nights, will also be able to watch and meet Cox.

Cox has 108 Australian caps to her name in a 16-year international career from 1997.

She is one of only four Australian players to record 100 international Test appearances and is a dual world championship gold medallist and 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

Australian Diamonds goal shooter Catherine Cox will lead a special Ballarat Pride training session on Wednesday night.

Australian Diamonds goal shooter Catherine Cox will lead a special Ballarat Pride training session on Wednesday night.

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