Australian Netball Championships – 17U & 19U – April 2014, Melbourne

What a nail-biting week of netball we’ve just had. Ups were quickly followed by lows and the number of netballers on crutches and with ice strapped to their legs increased every day!

The pain of watching as girls jumped up, landed awkwardly on the ground, and then had to be carried from the court was the same no matter which team they came from and, I imagine, was only made worse if the player was your daughter.

Each game was intense and each team played to win, and there was some great netball played! The winners at the end weren’t just the teams with the medals and trophies but the ones that knew they’d given it all they had.

My only criticism of the whole week – airhorns! Can someone please ban the noisy bloody things? The closest I’ve ever come to suffering from migraine was after 40 minutes of sitting too close to an over-enthusiastic spectator and no way to escape it other than leave the building and miss the game.

 

The teams with the medals and trophies were:

Under 17s

Winners: Victoria

Runners up: NSW

Third place: South Australia

Under 19s

Winners: Queensland

Runners up: Victoria

Third place: South Australia

Here’s a link to the amazing players selected to the Australian 17s Development Squad and 19s Squad

And some match reports from the Final and Grand Final games.

That’s it for another year. Families, friends and assorted other spectators are probably home now resting their voices and putting their horns, drums, bells and streamers away for another year.

2015: Sydney!

 

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