JUST over a week ago, 40 girls from Coffs Harbour Netball Association together with their coaches, managers, umpires and support staff boarded a bus bound for Newcastle and Netball NSW State Age Championships.
These championships are held over three days with associations from all over the state competing in under 12s, 13s, 14s and 15s across three divisions for the title of the best team in the State.
The competition began with the “Parade of Associations”, while Coffs Harbour were unlucky not to win this year, the girls certainly looked spectacular in their uniforms, marching in time as one and ready for battle.
All Coffs Harbour teams were entered in Division 2 despite the under 14s and under 12s nominating for Division 3.
While this was a big ask for these teams, they rose to the challenge and were rewarded with some good wins over some worthy challengers, eventually coming 23rd and 19th respectively.
Most notably the under 14s were excited to beat neighbouring association Grafton in the final round 16-3, as Grafton were eventually to place seventh, this was a great achievement.
The under 12s were new to this level of competition but grew in confidence with every game played, on the final day they were able to win four of their seven games - a great result.
The under 13s team who placed 17th after some hard-fought matches including seven wins and three draws were unlucky not to place higher, but there is always next year.
Not so for the under 15s, this was to be their last year as juniors and while hoping to place higher, were not disgraced in their efforts coming ninth overall.
Of the 22 games they played, they won 13 and drew one with some of those wins being over teams which finished 3rd, 5th and 6th.
Some of these girls have played together since they were under 12, forming a strong bond and a camaraderie which shows in their netball both on and off the court and we look forward to watching their progress to under 17s and State League.
CHNA coaches, managers and parents would like to congratulate all the girls on the sportsmanlike way in which they conducted themselves over the weekend, you were a credit yourselves and us and we are all very proud of your achievements.
A reminder that the Rep Dinner is on August 1 at the Catholic Club, names and numbers to your team manager as soon as possible.