Manning under 15s: front from left Wendy Bosher (coach), Ella Lawson, Makaia Bungie, Eden Rogers, Lucy Franklin, Alicia Franklin (coach). Second row: Hannah Digman, Hannah Pocock- Scott, Ruby Dunn. Third row Aliviah Lewis, Amber Northam. Top Jason Lewis (manager)
RETAINING a place in division two for the 2022 under 17 years championships will be the main aim of the Manning Valley Netball’s under 15s when they contest the HART State titles to be held in the Liverpool area this weekend.
The team will leave this morning, with games to start tomorrow and conclude on Monday.
Co-coach Alicia Franklin said the squad started training before Christmas following trials held late last year.
The pandemic saw Netball NSW cancel all the State championships at senior and junior level in 2020.
Manning will have a nine strong squad for this weekend, with some players having their first experience at State level.
The team trains twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, to be ready for what will be a demanding schedule of games over the three days.
“Some of them have started part-time work, so we have to work in around that with training,” Alicia said.
“And then we had the floods in March and that disrupted things.”
Melanie Adamson from Manning Netball will be one of the umpires involved in the State championships this weekend.
The netball courts were inundated by the flood waters with the administration area badly damaged.
However, despite those setbacks Alicia said the preparation has ramped up in recent weeks. The team’s contested four representative carnivals, the most recent at Great Lakes last month, and Alicia said the results there have been encouraging.
She is confident the team will be competitive, although she said it’s hard to know what the standard of the opposition will be like.
“Our goal is two stay in division two for next year’s championship,” Alicia said.
“It’s going to be a challenge, but the players are looking forward to the weekend and also the opportunity to represent the association.”
Great Lakes will also be represented in the under 15s division.
Manning Netball will send three umpires to the championship, Stacey Watson, Mel Adamson and Marion Neale.
“We only had to supply one umpire but we will help out other associations who were unable to provide them,” association president Janine Kennewell said.
Stacey Watson and Marion Neale.
“Without umpires teams would not be able to go to the State titles. Our three umpires have also been to various representative carnivals throughout the year. We wish them a successful weekend.”
Under 15 team members are: Wendy Bosher (coach), Ella Lawson, Makaia Bungie, Eden Rogers, Lucy Franklin, Alicia Franklin (coach), Hannah Digman, Hannah Pocock- Scott, Ruby Dunn, Aliviah Lewis, Amber Northam, Jason Lewis (manager).
Due to COVID restrictions, Netball NSW has been forced to limit spectator numbers.