Young squad steps up in state age netball

The first round of the open girls netball knockout was held on Tuesday, June 16, in Inverell.

The competition was a gala day event with teams from Glen Innes, Inverell High, Macintyre High and Warialda schools attending.

Each team had to play each other with the winner of the most games on the day progressing through to the next round of competition.

ON COURT: Elizabeth Chard in the goal shooter position for the Glen Innes team.

ON COURT: Elizabeth Chard in the goal shooter position for the Glen Innes team.

The Glen Innes High School team was a very young side and included Ruby Beatty, Jess De Jong, Laura Winter, Taya Heagney, Charlie Smith, Elizabeth Chard, Ebony Gallagher, Summa Carpenter, Emily Burton, Rachel Kiehne and Siddella Donnelly.

Many of these students are still in the school’s junior years and all stepped up to the challenging experience of playing against senior teams.

The first game was against Inverell High School and the long term rivalry between these two teams was evident.

At the end of the first quarter Inverell had a slight lead of 8 to 7.

A strong second quarter from Inverell pushed their lead out to four goals, but was still a tight match up.

In the third quarter Glen Innes made a few changes and took their time to settle in, and despite finishing the quarter down by 10 goals, the match up was still close, conversions were the key.

The final quarter was Glen Innes best, they started strong and were consistent through the entire quarter to lose the game by 8, with the score 34 to 26.

Glen Innes second game was against Warialda and was a much slower game.

Despite some quality shooting from Warialda at times, Glen Innes were dominant from the starting whistle and won the game 26 to 13.

The final game was against Macintyre.

With poor weather and the winner almost decided the game was cut short, with Glen Innes coming out on top 27 to 1.

Sport Coordinator Kristie Fuller congratulates all who attended the day and said the school finished off with a strong second, but with a bright future ahead.

Fuller wishes to thank Julie Donnelly, Linda Chard, and Debbie Burton for assisting with transport, Katie Rossington for her expertise in umpiring and Sarah Byrne for scoring.