Netball: Gunnedah sides compete well at State Age Championships

Gunnedah’s rep netball sides performed strongly at the weekend’s State Age Championships at Concord.

The GNA fielded teams in the 12s, 13s, 14s and 15s. The highlight was the 15s, who finished fourth in Division 4.

“That’s the highest we’ve ever finished with these girls,” coach Therese Jones said.

At one stage they were coming second, but then lost one of their defenders.

“Fourth is still a really good effort,” she said.

“They played hard the whole weekend.”

It was a gruelling campaign with the girls playing 20 games over the three days.

The 12s finished 16th competing at their first State Age.

“I know their coach was really impressed with how the girls improved over the weekend, being mainly 11-year olds,” Jones said.

The 13s had several wins, a few draws and some close losses on their way to 15th, while the 14s had a tough weekend.

After losing one of their main players before the championships they were, through injuries, down to the bare seven by the end and placed 19th.

The girls got to rub shoulders with some of the best in the business with some of the Swifts and Giants players in attendance over the weekend.

“We all had a really good weekend,” Jones, who is also the GNA president, said.

“We enjoy going away as an association.”