Leeton Netball Association wows at State Age Championships in Sydney

WHAT AN EFFORT: The Leeton under 14s netball side was crowned state champions in division three after a big three days of competition.

WHAT AN EFFORT: The Leeton under 14s netball side was crowned state champions in division three after a big three days of competition.

LEETON is home to not one, but two state championship teams. 

Teams from the Leeton Netball Association travelled to Sydney recently to take part in the State Age Championship.

The under 12s and 14s both won their prospective divisions giving them the state crown. 

The under 12s did it in spectacular fashion to secure top spot in division four.

The team needed to beat their final opponent at least 50-0 in order to be crowned the winners, while also needing Tumut to win their game by no more than 30. 

All of this came together to give Leeton the thrilling result. 

Leeton Netball Association president Rachal Broadbent said it was the organisation’s best-ever result at the State Age Carnival. 

The under 14s were named the division three champions after a very successful carnival.

The team played 19 games over the three days of the event, winning an amazing 18 of those matches. 

“They were just awesome,” Broadbent said. 

“The girls not only played well, but were commended on their sportsmanship, which is what we like to hear too.”

The 14s will now move up from division three to two at next year’s carnival as a result of their championship effort. 

After playing seven games each day over the three competition days, the under 13s also had a solid result, finishing ninth out of 22 teams.

The under 15s ended up fifth out of 18 teams in their division, which was a result that surprised Broadbent.

“We expected them to do well, but not as well as that,” she said. 

“During the season they had two players do their ACL, so for them to finish with a result like that was fantastic. 

“We’re so proud of all of the teams. 

“It shows how strong netball is in our town and district. 

“They worked very hard in the lead up.” 

Broadbent thanked parents of the players who assisted throughout the season in any capacity. 

The under 17s also capped off their representative season in style at the State Championship in Sydney last month, which is a separate competition to the state age event. 

Coach Libby Gillespie was thrilled with the effort her team put in. 

“We finished 10th overall in what was quite a strong competition,” she said. 

“The girls were very impressive, especially at times on some of the slippery courts. 

“They worked hard all weekend and have been a really great team to coach.

“We’re really proud.”

The Leeton Netball Association will hold its annual presentation night on July 21. 

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