Lismore netball teams happy with efforts at championships

PICTURE: Kirasie Tate challenges for the ball, watched by Molly Hughes, playing for the Lismore Under-17s during the State netball championships.
PICTURE: Kirasie Tate challenges for the ball, watched by Molly Hughes, playing for the Lismore Under-17s during the State netball championships. CONTRIBUTED

LISMORE open and Under-17 representative netball teams did well when they travelled to the Illawarra for the NSW State championships.

The open team finished third and the Under-17 team fifth in Division 2 of the championships, which is an event that challenges players' endurance and physical fitness.

The Under-17 team played 21 carnival style games (two 13-minute halves) across three days against some strong metropolitan opposition.

They won 15 of their 21 games, placing them as one of the leading regional netball associations in the state.

Captain Rachel Herne has competed at state championships since she was 12.

"Our result was great," she said.

"It was fun to play at such a high level and with a great team."

Coach Kathryn Hofmeyer attributed the team's success to the players' preparation including fitness, strength and agility work in addition to court skills.

Molly Hughes debuted this year and had a successful weekend with her defensive skills creating numerous turnovers.

"The weekend was such an amazing experience, all the girls put in a strong effort," she said.

Lismore Netball now looks forward to the State age championships where the junior teams will aim for similar results.



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