MUSWELLBROOK Netball Association under-17 coach Ian Ingle has praised his players following a stirring performance at the 2017 Samsung State Championships.
The local representative outfit was impressive at Baulkham Hills over the June long weekend, returning home with 11 wins after three days of pressure competition.
Muswellbrook fielded a side in division three – and faced some of the best netballing talent from throughout NSW.
“Each game was 26 minutes and the girls played 19 [matches] from Saturday to Monday,” Ingle said.
“Every fixture was contested at a hectic pace as each team fought for ascendency over the other.
“A missed shot or bad pass produced pressure and the youngsters responded with some excellent netball.
“Another three games were there for the taking, with the girls losing by three or four goals.”
Overall, Muswellbrook finished ninth out of the 20 sides who contested division three.
“They scored 399 goals over the 19 matches,” Ingle said.
“The girls gave a good account of themselves and were a credit to themselves, their parents, the Muswellbrook Netball Association and the community.
“They were a pleasure to coach and maintained their positive attitude and teamwork over the three days.
“Our thanks, again, goes to the association for its support, the parents for their assistance, Louise Martin for her efforts as manageress, sponsors Bakers Delight, Dimmock’s Meats, Royal Hotel, Pirtek, Hollydene, Zack’s Automotive and the Muswellbrook Hotel.”
The Muswellbrook team consisted of Skylar Dever, Sophie Martin, Polly Britten, Georgia Chick, Mikayla Dever, Bree Hurst, Lucy Haylen, Kate Lloyd, Mia Collins, Jacinta Ballard and Melanie Richards.