Netball teams at State Age
COFFS HARBOUR Netball Association teams did themselves proud at the 2006 State Age championships held in Newcastle.
The local association was represented by four teams, the 12 and 14 years playing at Lakeside and the 13 and 15 years teams at the Charlestown complex.
The championships kicked off on Saturday, July 1 at 8am with 3000 junior players from all over the State taking part in the largest netball championship in the world with more than 1000 games per venue per day contested over three days.
Competition is fast and furious with each team playing between 24 and 26 games over the three days and many games going down to the final seconds where winning goals were scored.
Watching intently from the sidelines are the coaches and managers along with parents, supporters and friends.
They are mentally throwing and catching every pass, shooting every goal and agonising over every missed shot until the game ends, only to do it all again 28 minutes later.
The Coffs Harbour 12 years team playing in their first year performed extremely well finishing sixth while a determined group in the 14 years team did themselves proud by finishing 20th in their division.
The 13 years team who were promoted to division two finished 10th while the 15 years side were also 10th facing the added pressure of being watched by State selectors.
More than 700 15-year-olds waited anxiously at the end of the championships for the announcement of special training squads to join national and State coaches at camps later this year.
Jessica Gordon was named in the highly commended squad and will now train in Sydney later this year.