Matched it with state’s best

By Robert Muir

Four local junior netballers matched it with the state’s best netballers in the Victorian State titles in Melbourne last weekend.

Representing North East Victoria in the Under 17s, Elle Brooks, Eliza York and Tilly Kennedy were part of the team which, out of the 18 Victorian teams, made the finals.

Playing in Lilydale & Yarra Valley Netball Association’s brand new complex, the Under 17s won a total of 14 games, which included six wins, two losses and a draw on Saturday and on Sunday, the girls won all of their eight matches.

The Under 17s loss in the semi-final was to eventual winners, Melbourne-based Henderson. 

“We got forced into some costly errors in the first half but our second half – we were level,” North East Under 17 coach Fiona Boyer told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.

“We went down 18-10 against a really classy side. But for the weekend, our girls put in a tremendous effort. Their effort was absolutely outstanding.”

The coach, who had Bianca Mann as her assistant, commented about the three Yarrawonga representatives. “Tilly Kennedy was a great leader on the court.

“It’s really great to see a kid hop onto the court and execute everything a coach wants. She brought her teammates into play and was such a great leader.

“Elle spent some time in defence and did very well. In attack her great strength came through and she shot well. 

“Eliza was GS and was a really good, consistent contributor with great rebounding. “

North East Victoria Under 15s finished a commendable fifth out of the 18 teams, winning 12 games, losing four and drawing one.

“We just missed out on making the finals, by two points, because we drew one game on Saturday,” North East head coach Noel Halton told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.

“Our percentage was better than fourth spot’s and interestingly, we beat the two teams who played off in the final.”

Those teams were the Melbourne-based Henderson, and the Shepparton-based Goulburn, with Henderson winning a thriller by one goal.

Yarrawonga was well represented by Tess Byrne. “Tess did her job – all the girls did their job,” the coach, whose assistant was Steina Madden, said. 

“Tess was playing a little out of position – wing defence – but she was very strong in her defensive role.

“All the girls played out of their skin. All got along with each other really well. It was all positive.”