When Quirindi first heard they’d been put into the championship division at the Netball NSW State Championships, there was a touch of uncertainty amongst the group.
But with preliminary carnivals under their belt, they realised they had the talent to compete at the state championships.
“It did take us a bit to embrace it. We were a little bit shocked to start with but the more game time we had against the teams we were playing with, we accepted the challenge a little bit more,” Quirindi coach Robbie Gregg said.
At the championships over the long weekend, Quirindi finished 12th.
Gregg thought it was one of the best performances from a Northern Inland side in the championship division.
The side clocked up two wins on the trot to start before coming up against “some of the top teams”.
Quirindi went on to claim two wins a day to finish with six wins for the carnival.
“We went with no real expectations. We just wanted to be competitive which we were,” Gregg said.
Gregg said compared to other defences, Quirindi were on the shorter end of the scale.
But that didn’t stop the unit putting in a huge effort to punch above their weight.
”They really did shoulder the workload which kept us in the contest,” Gregg said of Quirindi’s defence.
“Kirby Fox actually got our player of the tournament and had a great weekend, as did Alex McCrohon.”
Quirindi also took an under 17s side to the tournament.
The side was cruelled by injury as they fought hard but ended up finishing 21st in division three.