The Forbes Netball Association (FNA) completed the 2018 representative season during the school holidays, when the 12 and 14 years representative teams competed in the Netball NSW State Age Championships.
Both teams played in Division 3 at the Eastwood Ryde netball courts, over three days of very competitive netball.
A huge thank you must go to Kristy Butler, who organised the full weekend on behalf of the parents and the teams. Thank you also to Marg Spackman, for organising all the representative uniforms, supporting the teams and laminating the tent posters.
Congratulations to players and umpires, who all displayed outstanding sportsmanship, and played and umpired to the best of their ability.
Umpires to represent the FNA were Aurella White, Hannah Staines and Karen Hargraves.
The 14 years team consisted of: Gi Gi Stitt (Captain), Lauren Bate (Vice-Captain), Ellie Flick, Ella Higgins, Elsa Cusack, Gabby White, Amy Cusack, Tilly Aveyard, Bianca Tzioumis and Leah Catzel. Also to mention Robyn Kenny (Coach), Deb Bate (Manager) and Kristy Butler (Primary Carer).
All players have made huge improvements in their standard of netball, with only half of the team previously playing in the higher Division 3, in their age group.
When the team first came together in early March, the difference in the playing standard of the girls was very noticeable but by the end of the training preparation, the less experienced players had made major improvements. This improvement continued during the three days of championships, with all players taking vital roles in their playing positions.
The girls played many exciting games and rose to the occasion, working together as a team, with all players trying their best at all times.
The wins and losses were nearly even over the three days, with the team easily holding their own, to be able to compete in the same division in 2019.
A huge thank you to all the parents who supported the team.
By Robyn Kenny