Coffs girls reach netball pinnacle

NETBALLERS from the Coffs Coast are the toast of the game after picking up a NSW championship.

After taking on the cream of talent from across the state, the under-17 girls brought home the division three title and that's a very big deal.

The Coffs girls came from third place on the ladder to barnstorm through the finals on their way to the title.

Association media manager Lauryn Nicholls said day three was crucial to their chances.

"Our girls pushed through stacking on the goals to come out two points behind the leaders," Lauryn said.

"Along the way we dropped only one of 22 games."

Coached by Tanya Hagley and Leanne McComas, the team was Kodie Vandenberg, Haneen Shatry, Maia Berry, Raina Campbell, Matisse Herdegen, Georgie Blaikie, Ashleigh Smithers, Caitlin Stuart, Olivia Stuart, Nikkia Humphries and Greta Smith.

In 2013 the majority of this team played in the under-14 division and were NSW runners-up.

Last year, a countback saw them fall from equal second to third place but their time has finally come.

"It has been a pleasure to watch these girls grow strong from a development team as 11-year-olds into champions," coach McComas said.

"It needs to be mentioned they fought so hard against more senior developed teams as most of our girls are at the younger side of this division."

CHNA will send four squads to the state age championships at the end of the month.

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