Under 15s have a ball at State Age Champs

The Under 15s Young and District Netball Association representative squad won eight out of 17 games in division four when they competed at the Samsung State Age Netball Championships between July 1 – 3.

Abbey Clark, Brodie Patterson, Victoria Cunnington, Jasmin Wells, Rachael Walker, Sarah Penfold, Courtney Petherbridge (vice captain), Bridie Minehan, Chloe Madgwick, Elizabeth Nowlan (captain), Jade Hooper and Justine Ward (coach), Leanne Penfold (manager) and Lisa Wells (carer) all travelled to Western Sydney on Friday June 30 ready and raring to play their part in the largest women’s only competition in the southern hemisphere.

There was an early start on the Saturday morning with all teams competing participating in a march before getting down to business.

Out of the six games Young played on Saturday they won against Goulburn (13-10) and Temora (12-9) with losses to Mudgee, Leeton, Griffith and Lower Clarence. 

Sunday the team started out strongly with three wins against Gunnedah (14-12), Narrabri (16-11) and Sapphire Coast (16-14). Unfortunately they went down to Tumut, Cowra and Narrandera.

On Monday, the final day of the championships, the Young side played five games with wins against Armidale (16-6), Macleay (18-15) and Cessnock (14-7) but lost to Forbes and Wollondilly.

In the end the representative squad from the Cherry Capital earned themselves a respectable 11th in their division.

“I would just like to say as coach of the Under 15s I am extremely proud of these girls,” the rep side’s coach Justine Ward said. “They have done everything I have asked of them and more. 

“All 11 members of the Under 15’s representative side are a credit to themselves, their parents and the Young and District Netball Association Inc.” 

Ward also said on behalf of the team and herself she would like to thank Leanne Penfold for all of her organisational skills.

“We would have been lost without you,” she said. “Lisa Wells thank you for your support and encouragement and game inspirational quotes where fantastic.

“To all parents that traveled down with the girls we thank you for your parent support network and the way you all worked together tirelessly to get jobs done. To our umpires for the State Age weekend, thank you. Last but not least thank you to our bus driver Craig Johnson,” Ward said.

Special thank you to the sponsors for 2017 – Young Services Club, Sports power, South West Slopes Credit Union, Star & Co, YES Embroidery, Signs R Us.