Lismore netball elevates to top

LISMORE netball has been elevated to the top tier in the State after taking out the second division NSW State championship.

While the open team went through undefeated to earn promotion, the Under-17s won 19 of 22 games in three days to finish runners-up.

Next year, both squads will contest the championship level against predominately metropolitan teams and State League players.

Lismore open coach Mel Dundas concedes that is a huge step up, but put her faith in the girls.

“It is a whole different ball game playing at that level,” Dundas said.

“But our girls will take this win under their belt, train hard and be very competitive.”

Dundas overcame the loss of key player Tracy Birney to steer her girls through a netball marathon to claim the title.

“Our tireless defence backed up by reliable shooting saw many games that were close at half-time finish up as convincing wins,” Dundas said.

“It was a true team effort and one of the most pleasing things was that a lot of our players were much younger than their opponents, yet they performed beyond their years and did our association proud.”

The Under-17 team, among their 19 wins, beat the eventual champions Hawkesbury, but failed at the final hurdle to finish second best.



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