This competition is a state wide event and is one of the largest sporting events in the southern hemisphere, this year attracting 305 teams, 3600 participants from 86 associations from as far afield as Young and Cootamundra, Brunswick, Byron to the Sapphire Coast.
The 12s Years team played in Division 3 at Charlestown in their first year of State Championships. The girls played 24 games over the three days of competition, eight games each day consisting of two by eleven minute halves.
Winning to Armidale, Casino, Great Lakes, Narrabri, Cowra, Gunnedah and Moree, and losing many more by only a couple of points, the team ended up finishing an overall 19th.
A standout game for the weekend was our win against Cowra. We were losing at half time by only a few points and a change of positions at half time proved to a positive move and we came back at the end with four unanswered goals in a row, all with first attempt at goal to win 12 points to 11.
They proved to me then that they could play very well together and I knew that they were capable of this.
The Defence players Zoey Perovic, Carlee Russell and Monique Moon worked so hard all weekend to turn over the ball, making countless intercepts and rebounds.
Mid Court players Amy Legge, Katherine Pajuczok and Krystal Grover who amazed me with their endurance levels, and helped to move the ball up the court and feed the circle.
To the five shooters, Jade Crouch, Kelsea Tarlinton, Karie Van Hoesel, Jarrah Kennedy and Renee Hoare with certain combinations worked well together in the circle and shot on not such a consistent basis but tried hard all weekend regardless.
Also Kelsea Tarlinton, Kari Van Hoesel and Jarrah Kennedy who also played in the mid court.
Our Player’s Player for the weekend went to Jarrah Kennedy and runner-up Carlee Russell, and our Coach’s Award went to Krystal Grover.
All 11 players are to be commended on their sportsmanship over the weekend and all playing with the will to win and never giving up. As a coach I am very proud of them all.
It has been an absolute pleasure to coach this great group of girls this year and also it has been a great learning experience for me as my first year coaching a representative team. I would like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to do this.
Thank you to all the parents, helping in anyway possible over the weekend, from preparing the food to scoring and supporting the whole team, including Shelley and myself.
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