October 25th 2015
Five Shepparton Netball Association (SNA) representative teams travelled to Geelong in October to compete in the Geelong Netball Association annual tournament. Teams were entered in the 15 & under, 13 & under and 11 & under age groups.
Our 2 evenly selected 11 & under teams proved very competitive with both teams having 3 wins and 3 losses each. Coaches Fiona Boyer and Natalie Kirby said they were proud of the way the girls performed on the day. The skills they had learnt over the past 10 weeks of training showed in their games with very few unforced errors being made and it will no doubt lead to future opportunities to play representative netball.
The two 13 & under teams, which were also selected as even teams, had minimal luck securing many wins from their 8 games each but coaches Julia Hollands and Jodi Cox were pleased by the team effort and sportsmanship shown by all the girls in the hot and tiring conditions with all girls showing immense improvement in all aspects of their skills since their initial squad selection 10 weeks prior. The 13 & under teams also had the opportunity to be guided during their 10 week training program by one of the SNA’s most experienced junior development coaches in Hayley Goode.
The 15 & under team, coached by Sue O’Meara, finished 4th on the ladder after their 9 matches which seen them qualify for the semi final. With a couple of minor injuries sustained during the day by two of the defender it made for a difficult task for the remainder of the team who unfortunately went down to a much stronger Waverley City team. Sue was extremely pleased with the way all the girls performed during the day and believed they all have the ability to continue playing at a high level of netball in the future.
SNA squad coordinator Lyn Flynn said the skill development squad teams had been selected back in August and to the credit of their coaches had learnt a great deal to improve their skill level over the past 10 weeks. Players travel to Geelong together on the Saturday and stay overnight before playing on the Sunday, so it is a great opportunity for them show what they have learnt in training and have a fun weekend away as well.