SOME of the south-west’s best junior netballers excelled at the Netball Victoria Association Championships for the western region yesterday.
Hampden league, Warrnambool and District league and Warrnambool City Netball Association teams competed in the championships at Ballarat.
Hampden league’s three teams have qualified for the Netball Victoria Association state championships in Melbourne on June 29. Teams that made yesterday’s grand finals qualify for the championship and include Hampden under 13s, 15s and 17s. The league’s under 17s representative team finished premier.
After a 7-1 record in the preliminary games, Hampden defeated Western Border 21-6 in the semi-final before defeating Ballarat 20-9 in the grand final. In the under 15s and under 13s, Hampden won its preliminary games and semi-finals before losing the grand final.
The under 13s were beaten 22-17 by Western Border in extra time while the under 15s lost to Western Border 13-9.
Hampden under 15s coach Stacey O’Sullivan said it was an impressive day of netball.
“It was a great standard of netball and it was great to see Hampden so strongly represented in all grades,” O’Sullivan said.
Warrnambool City sent five teams, one in each age group at championship level as well as under 13s and 15s reserve teams. The under 15s reserve team won its section. In the championship grade, Warrnambool City’s three teams made the semi-finals.
Warrnambool City under 13 coach Monique Smith said the championships provided the talented junior players with some great exposure.
“There were talent scouts there and this was a day earmarked for talent identification,” Smith said.
Warrnambool and District league under 13 coach Robyn Rosolin said while none of the teams made the finals, it was a worthwhile day.