Kristy centre of elite netball attention
By STEVE SPINKS
LISMORE'S Kristy Durheim has had a big month.
Not only has she beaten her mother in the Lismore District netball grand final, but the 17-year-old has also been selected in the Australian Combined Catholic Colleges' netball merit squad.
Durheim was selected after an outstanding display at the recent National CCC Championships in Melbourne.
Playing centre, the St John's College Woodlawn student helped guide NSW through the 10-day tournament undefeated.
This included a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Victoria in the final.
"We were down by six at half-time," Durheim told The Northern Star.
"And we won by nine."
A 15-goal turnaround in any netball match is a big effort from any team, let alone a team competing in the final of an elite championships.
In late September, Durheim played with Daley's Tribes in the grand final of the Lismore District netball grand final against her mother Maria who played for Daley's.
Tribes knocked over Daley's for the first time in a massive upset.
But being selected in the Australian CCC merit squad has been the season highlight.
"I'm still eligible for the same team next year so I'll give it another go," Durheim said.
The Woodlawn student is now eyeing a place in the NSW Under-19s side as the next step in her netball career.
"The Under-19s State trials are at then end of next month and I'm a year young for the team," Durheim said.
"I don't know whether I'll go down or not at this stage so I'll get some advice from my coaches.
"It's really tough competition but I probably will go down to show my face and show I'm still interested."
If she doesn't make the NSW Under-19s, Durheim said she would like to pick up a NSW Institute of Sport scholarship in the future.
According to the young centre, a NSWIS scholarship would make it easier for her to crack a spot in the NSW State League which in turn could lead to the National league and the Commonwealth Bank Trophy.
Durheim admitted that selection in the NSW Under-19s may be more realistic next year.
But she's still keen to push her netball skills forward and as her selection in the Australian CCC merit squad shows, age sometimes doesn't matter.