Sunday was the final carnival for the season for Westlakes 13 and 14 years representative teams prior to the culmination of the rep season at State Age Championships in July. The Pennant Hills Carnival, hosted by Hills District Netball Association brought together teams from all over Sydney and from as far as Mudgee, Orange and Bathurst.
The 13s had a very successful carnival with 5 wins from 7 games. Co-coach Sharon Nayler was impressed by the results saying “We played championship teams today with 2 losses against top of the ladder teams! The girls weren't expected to win these two games but still played hard and never gave up! The wins the girls had were played with great intense hard netball! We are very proud of how the team has come together and can't wait for state age!. Go 13s.... bring on state age.”
The 14s girls also had a fantastic carnival, winning 3 of 7 games against some very tough opposition. Despite the losses, the girls played awesome defensive and attacking netball and were beaten by the narrowest of margins against the Sydney heavy hitters. Coach Tracy Baldock was thrilled with the way the girls played, particularly after a few recent upsets at other carnivals. “It was so nice to watch them get it together and play how I knew they could….. and to come home feeling happy and confident. They are back!!!”
The day, although brilliant wasn’t without its challenges. In a 13s game against Charlestown, an opposing player was taken from the court with a dislocated finger, and a friendly kookaburra decided to make the challenge of goal shooting a little more difficult by sitting on the goalpost at a crucial moment (the goal did go in and no kookaburras were hurt). Congratulations girls on a superb effort and good luck at State Age Championships 2017.