Last weekend, three Westlakes District Netball Association representative teams travelled to Liverpool to play for the coveted blue patch against up to 19 teams in each age grouping. The weather was freezing, the roof of tent city was frozen and but the players determined and warmed by the fire in their bellies.
Three days, 36 rounds and countless goals later, the 12s finished 16th on the ladder. The score lines and number of wins was in no way reflective of the effort put in by the youngest of the teams in their first State Age carnival. Coach Brooke Dodson commented on her teams performance, “I could not be prouder of the girls efforts over the past three days. They have grown and put in play everything we have taught them over the past 5 1/2 months. Their determination and ability to hold Their heads high and compete in division 2 is something they should all be really proud of. Each of them showed exceptional sportsmanship over the last three days of competition and it was a pleasure to have coached them this year. “
Similarly, the 14s girls finished 16th on the ladder after a tough weekend of competition. The team was struck down with illness early in the competition which took it’s toll on the team in many ways but like the true sportspeople that they were, they dug deep and fought hard, giving it their all until the final bell. Coach Tracy Baldock commented on the team “It was my absolute pleasure to coach this team. They are an awesome bunch and I agree, it is very rare to find 9 girls that get on and support each other as much as they do.”
The 13s girls had an amazing three days of netball, culminating in a tough game with Charlestown. Finishing with a draw, the team anxiously awaited the result from another game to find out where they placed on the ladder. With the results in, the team was ecstatic to discover that all of their hard work for the season had paid off and they had placed third. No blue patch but a huge effort from a group of determined young sportswomen who will be a tough team to beat in 2018. Co-coaches Sharon Nayler and Natalie Carver were delighted with the results, “Our goal for the year was to finish top 5, and we did! The sheer determination of these 9 girls to win, play hard and never give up regardless of the score is amazing. This team is special because all the players are individually special. They believe in each other and support each other and the results are the proof in the pudding.”
Westlakes Executive Committee are very proud of the efforts put in by all teams and individual girls this weekend and would also like to thank the umpires, physios and parents, for without them, successful championships like this would not be possible.