Netball: Tamworth and Armidale both sending two team to NSW championships

SET FOR STATE: Olivia Joyce is part of Armidale's under 17 team preparing for the NSW championships in Gosford this weekend.
SET FOR STATE: Olivia Joyce is part of Armidale's under 17 team preparing for the NSW championships in Gosford this weekend.

Netballers from the region will descend on Gosford this weekend for the state championships, including from Tamworth and Armidale.

Tamworth and Armidale are both sending open and under-17 teams to the event.  

It is the first time in a number of years that Armidale has entered an under-17 team for the division-three competition.

Tamworth's under-17 team. Back row: Heidi Baker, Chloe Perkins, Megan Seis, Ashleigh Horneman, Isobel Kemp. Front row: Emma Higgins, Sam Schubert, Briony Littlejohns, Breanna Littlejohns. Absent: Ella Ander

Tamworth's under-17 team. Back row: Heidi Baker, Chloe Perkins, Megan Seis, Ashleigh Horneman, Isobel Kemp. Front row: Emma Higgins, Sam Schubert, Briony Littlejohns, Breanna Littlejohns. Absent: Ella Ander

“Our 17s may go not too badly,” Armidale district netball’s coaching coordinator Rochelle Joyce said. “We have a group of them who have played with each other for a little while.

“Our opens team is lots of girls from different comps. 

“We have uni girls and some who play out of town and are just in town for the weekend so they haven't had as much match play yet.

They should go okay. It is just a matter of how they bond over the weekend.

Rochelle Joyce

“For them it will be a lot of growing over the weekend.

“They should go okay – it is just a matter of how they bond over the weekend.”

The 2017 state championships saw Armidale enter a team at the last minute and Joyce said this year’s team is just hoping to improve on their previous efforts.

“Last year we put a team in and it was the first time in a little while we put a team in,” she said. 

“It is good we have got two teams. Last year we only had one so we have rebuilt again, which is good.”

Tamworth's open team. Back row: Kate Lane, Yolanda Handsaker, Isabella Dominick and Chantelle Corby. Middle row: Ella-Bleu Ford, Cortney Francisco, Tiffany Wendt and Britney Francisco. Front row: Melanie Pearson and Megan Cruickshank.

Tamworth's open team. Back row: Kate Lane, Yolanda Handsaker, Isabella Dominick and Chantelle Corby. Middle row: Ella-Bleu Ford, Cortney Francisco, Tiffany Wendt and Britney Francisco. Front row: Melanie Pearson and Megan Cruickshank.