Glen Innes leads the region

STEP UP: Glen Innes division three netballer Georgina Burton competes for the ball in Sunday's round two games in Tamworth. Photo: Gareth Gardner.

STEP UP: Glen Innes division three netballer Georgina Burton competes for the ball in Sunday's round two games in Tamworth. Photo: Gareth Gardner.

Two rounds of the Netball NSW Regional League competition are complete and it’s Glen Innes netballers who lead the way without a single loss in division one. 

Down on troops, the side rallied and earned the points against the five other teams in the top tier competition in Tamworth on Sunday. 

Quirindi and Glen Innes were tipped to be the ones to beat and so far, both teams have lived up to expectations. 

In each round, the top two teams have only been separated by three goals in their clashes with Glen Innes taking the wins.

“It was goal for goal, neck and neck,” she said. 

“We started stronger, it wasn't 4-nil before we decided we were going to play.”

Glen also welcomed back Northern Inland Academy of Sport head coach Kirstie Fuller. 

The majority of the Glen Innes division one side are under 17 players and Julie Fuller said having Kirstie there lifted the team. 

“Kirstie actually made an appearance, she's ready to qualify for finals now,” Julie Fuller said. 

“She played three halves.

“She's back after having a baby seven weeks ago. 

“She was in my original team five years ago that went through and won so I am a bit stoked she is there as well. 

“She is not full strength of course but the girls love to play with her. She is there to offer heaps of advice to the girls and just her presence, the girls loved it.”

The last time Glen Innes went on to win the Northern Inland competition was five years ago. 

Fuller is over the moon with the start in this year’s competition and the impact the town’s teams are having. 

“It's only a little place and yes we have got two Gunnedah girls but they've played rep with us all the time,” she said. 

“The majority of the girls are Glen Innes girls and they are young. 

“They could have played in the div three side and dominated as well but I put them up to make it a challenge for them and then let the little girls play in div three so they can be better.”

In the lower grades, a shortage of players didn’t help the Glen Innes division two team. 

They only managed one win from five but were close in their losses. 

“They were a little bit down strength and were really unlucky,” Fuller said. 

“They didn't convert when they should've.”

The young division three side didn’t manage a win. 

“It's a real learning curve with them, they're playing older girls and they've got better each time they've played so that's the idea for them,” Fuller said. 

“We just wanted them to get out there and experience it and play different people.”

Kirstie Fuller.

Kirstie Fuller.