Sapphire netballers sparkle

Three Sapphire Coast representative netball teams travelled to Queanbeyan to take on the first carnival of the season recently. 

For the under 13s it was the first time for the squad on the road to challenge the region’s best. 

The squad is newly formed and made up of 12 and 13-year-olds. 

Despite being very early in the season and their previous two training sessions being cancelled due to rain, all coaches were pleased at this early chance to assess their teams. 

In extremely warm temperatures the girls had a good hit out, allowing their coaches to play with their line-ups over six games.

The day got off to a rocky start with the late arrival of their coach due to hitting a kangaroo, but despite this the girls were excited to take the court. 

Despite going up against very strong opponents in Tuggeranong and Wagga Wagga in their first two games, the girls coped well.

Meanwhile, the coach trialled combinations and experimented with postition changes. 

An improvement was noticeable in all players as the day progressed. 

Karter Hampshire, Lily Hawthorne and Amy Rolff defended strongly throughout the day.

Meanwhile, Tamika Millard, Natalie Cooper, Amber Morey, Hannah Walker and Bella Kiely ran tirelessly through the mid court. 

Shooters Kimberley De Jong and Kate Storck moved and shot well against much taller opponents, while Hannah  and Amber were also given a taste of shooting.

The under 14s and under 15s also performed well on the day and all three grades will move to the next carnival in Shoalhaven late this month. 

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