BDNA impresses at State Age

The Barellan Under 13s representative netball side were the winners of Division 2 at the State Age Championships.

Barellan and District Netball Association have had its most successful season since the clubs inception in 2011. All five teams competing in the recent State carnivals achieved top five results.

The Under 17 team competed in Division 2 at the NSW State Championships on the June long weekend and finished fourth place against teams from major centres including Baulkam Hills and Bathurst.

Coach Rosemary Clark from Wagga Wagga, assisted by Bridgette Keely, were amazed at the team’s success given a late withdrawal by Abby Favell from Griffith, who was named in the State AFL side on the same weekend.

Talented Leeton netballer Grace Korovata stepped in at the last minute and adapted quickly to a new team, asserting her dominance in defence.

The team’s State Championships success was on the back of a consistent Representative season, which included winning Division 1 at the Bing Lee Regional League Riverina Carnival. The recent State Age Championships in early July yielded two division winners.

The Under 13s, having won their Division last year, repeated their incredible form winning Division 2 undefeated. They played an incredibly tough game against Gosford to become Division winners by one goal on the buzzer.

“I definitely did not expect the girls to go through 19 games of tough, physical netball undefeated. They are such a determined, competitive team that want to do well not just for themselves, but for their teammates,” said Coaches Georgia Fuller and Sharni McLean in a joint statement.

Another successful State Age campaign will see the team competing in the Championship Division in 2019, the first for BDNA and the only regional team in NSW apart from Wagga Wagga Netball Association to do so.

Under 15s coaches Jodie Landy and Renae Rawle were elated when their team took out the Division 3 title.

“It was a very proud moment for coaches Renae and myself. After the first game on Day Three we took first spot and were down to seven players due to a concussion and Achilles injury after the second game,” Ms Landy said.

“The girls’ focus at State was to never give up and fight till the end. This strength as a team got us over the line in some tough games! We lost one game by two goals and won 16. As the cliché goes, it was a champion team!”

The Under 14s, coached by Carolyn Burgess assisted by Bridgette Keely, worked extremely hard in preparation for State Age, with a notable win in their age group at the Wagga Wagga carnival in May.

“Our team performed exceptionally well at the State Age carnival, winning 15 of our 18 games,” Ms Burgess said.

“The last game was a hard fought tussle with Temora who won the game by one. Our team was awarded fourth place in Division 3, equal third on points. The competition is so tight and every game is played like a Grand Final. The players keep getting stronger and more skilled every year.”

In its first year of State competition the Under 12s exceeded all expectations, securing fifth place in Division 2. Coaches Alicia Fuller and Lexie Tuckett were overwhelmed by how their team responded to the intense competition in Division 2.

“We were placed in Division 2 due to the success of the Under 13s last year, which was scary at first,” said Ms Fuller.

“However the girls definitely proved that’s where they were meant to be. Their result was more than we could have hoped for, especially in their first year. They were a strong, tough team and deserve this amazing success.”

BDNA also has an Under 11s squad that competes in regional netball carnivals in preparation for the State Age carnival next year. The Under 11s receive expert coaching and mentoring, to develop their netball skills and learn much about working together as a team.

BDNA would like to thank the commitment of not only their players but to their dedicated coaches, team managers, primary carers, executive members, parents and umpires. A special thanks to all the valued sponsors who contribute to providing an opportunity of Representative Netball to girls living in regional and isolated communities.

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