IT WAS an inaugural State Age Championships for the Nambucca Valley Netball Association’s Under 12s –and being graded into Division 2 was a huge challenge right from the outset.
As the stand-in coach taking them through their last three weeks of training and sharing the journey of their first ever State Age, it was an absolute privilege and I thank the players and their families for the opportunity.
The girls played 16 games over the three days and were competitive right to the last whistle on day three. They fought hard and never gave up even when a win was not achievable.
Most importantly, these Under 12s always held their heads up high, showing the world how proud they were to be representing the Nambucca Valley.
Our shooters, Jade Summerville, Izzabelle Salway and Lacey Wilson worked hard to get good shooting position and showed some moments of absolute brilliance. The centre court, Marli Bateman, Lilly Noonan, Lily Woodward and Caitlin Mann ran themselves ragged to stifle their opposition as well as move the ball down court to the shooters.
The defence players, Josie Welsh, Aaliyah Hodnett-Daly and Shaina Cohen, showed grit and determination as they chased their opponents.
Nambucca Valley Netball representative trials (for players turning 12 and above) will begin on Sunday September 17 at Marion Wood Netball Courts, Willis St, Macksville.
Applications for players to trial for a represenative team close September 10. Application forms can be found at www.nambuccavalleynetball.com.
For more information, contact Helen Black 0448 384-477.
Meanwhile, the association is accepting applications for representative coaches. Come and be part of a dynamic and supportive association.
Application forms and job descriptions are available on the website www.nambuccavalleynetball.com. Applications close September 24. For more information, contact Helen Black 0448 384-477.