EXCITED: Goulburn 15 and under netball representatives: Back: Emma Hayes, Sarah Absolom, Tiarna Brooker, Holly Boyland, Visharn Edwards. Front: Amy Canty, Kyra Baker and Rose Canty who will be competing in the NSW Age Championships next weekend.EXCITEMENT is building for the young Goulburn Representative netball players as they prepare for the NSW Age Championships next weekend.
The event is reputed to be the largest sporting events in the southern hemisphere. Goulburn Netball Association will have two teams at the 2015 State Age Championships, to be contested from Saturday 27 to Monday June 30 at venues across Sydney’s north-west region.
The Goulburn Association is fielding 15 and Under and 13 and Under sides in Division Four at this year’s tournament, which will see 294 teams representing 83 Associations from around the State.
Four venues will host three days of back-to-back netball action for the 47th instalment of the competition. Baulkham Hills Shire Netball Association (Championship division), Eastwood Ryde Netball Association (Division Two), Penrith Netball Association (Division Three), and Hawkesbury City (Division four). With four divisions in four age groups – 15/U, 14/U, 13/U and 12/U – the State Age Championships will showcase potential future stars of Australia’s number one female participation sport, Netball.
Goulburn Rep coordinator Louise Manning said that competing outside of the local competition gives the players an idea of the way the game is played by other associations and helps them to develop skills and tactics.
“It is good for coaches and officials as well as parents to see how players of similar ages from other areas perform,” Manning said. Umpires can also learn a lot about the interpretation of rules and game flow through exposure to inter association competitions.”
As part of their preparation for NSW State Age Championships next weekend the Under 13 girls attended the Belconnen Netball Association at Charnwood on Sunday May 31.
The first game of the day was against Canberra Netball Association (CNA) and the girls jumped out of the blocks with easily their best half of netball all season, holding a slight lead at halftime.
A sickening collision between two opposing players rattled the girls for a bit and CNA were able to finish strongly, finally taking the game 7-5.
It was an encouraging start to the day and the girls were fired up for their next game against South Canberra Netball Association .
The girls hit the court full of running and took control of the game early and never looked in danger running out comfortable winners 10-3.
The next two games were against strong sides Belconnen Netball Association and Arawang and the girls were far from disgraced in these games and put it to the opposition.
Overall performances on the day showed the continued improvement in the girls play with all players contributing throughout the day. Goulburn’s 11/12 development squad also attended the Belconnen Association competition day along with the 15s.
The 11/12 squad will not be participating in the State Age Championships but still get opportunities to play against teams from other associations.
On this occasion they won two of their seven games and drew one. A opportunity for the Goulburn Rep teams to prepare for the State Championships was a carnival in Campbelltown where the girls faced a mix of of Sydney and country associations on June 14.
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