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ISAAC HEENEY WELCOMES FIRST FEMALES TO SWANS ACADEMY

He’s a graduate of the Swans academy, so it was fitting that Isaac Heeney was on hand last night, to welcome the first female athletes to the club’s Youth Girls Program. “Had a bit of a speech to them and yeah we talked through what it’s like being in the academy and the opportunity they’ve got in front of them.” 130 girls, including several from the Hunter, will start with a 12-week training program on April 30. Meanwhile Heeney and his teammates will be looking to continue their strong start to the AFL season when they host Adelaide tomorrow. “It’s a lot better than last year. We’ve come out and we’re confident. We’re not playing our trademark football but were confident we can play some good football and believe we have over the past 3 out of the 4 weeks.”

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DIAMONDS TO SHINE IN NEWCASTLE IN SEPTEMBER

Huge news for netball fans in the Hunter, with the Diamonds set to take on England at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on September 19. The Australian team last played at the venue in 2012 against South Africa. Local supporters will be hoping home-grown defender Sam Poolman will be in the mix for selection for the Quad Series, following the completion of her season with the Giants in Super Netball. Tickets for the game go on sale in early June.

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