ONE month after playing in the State Netball Knockout finals, the South Tamworth girls are at it again, this time with touch.
Last week the girls beat Warialda 4-1 to win the regional final and book a spot in the finals series to be played at St Marys on Monday.
Last month the school was runner-up in the state netball knockout, with three of the players from that team looking to go one better this time.
Captain Elizabeth Woods, Indy Hall and Lucy Hofman are the girls wanting to add a gold to their silver and, after a tough run to the finals, they just might.
Tamworth South just beat Tamworth Public 1-nil in the first round before going through Hillvue, Nemingha and Gunnedah on the way to the regional final.
Coach Kerry Floyd said that the 3-1 victory over Hillvue was the toughest game.
“Some of the girls don’t even play touch in the local comp,” Floyd said.
“So it is a great effort to come this far.”
The coach said that speed is the key to their side, with recent State 200m runner Dakota Barnett-Suey dangerous with ball in hand.
Woods can also show the opposition a clean set of heels but is more valuable in the middle along with Hofman as all three represented North West earlier in the year at the State Championships.
“I try to get the experienced players in the centre around the ball,” Floyd said.
“We need them there for driving and defence.”
“Although all the girls are good and know what they need to do.”
It is not unfamiliar territory for South Tamworth, having won it in 2006 and been runners-up the year before.
“We have been to the finals a couple of times since then as well,” Floyd said.
It is a big day for all eight schools involved, with three wins taking the crown.
All schools are guaranteed at least two games, despite the format still being a knock-out.
The girls will leave for St Marys on Sunday and will likely kick off the tournament against Avalon on Monday morning.