Coolum’s victorious netballers celebrate their win at the state titles. Back row: Michaela, Gabriella, Aimee, Abbey, Alex and Ocean. Front row: Pip, Alice and Zoe.
Coolum’s victorious netballers celebrate their win at the state titles. Back row: Michaela, Gabriella, Aimee, Abbey, Alex and Ocean. Front row: Pip, Alice and Zoe.

Netballers have great wins

They’ve done it again. For the second year in a row a Coolum netball team has taken out a state title at the X-Blades Challenge Carnival, held in Brisbane recently.

The under-12 pink team, coached by Michelle Coleman and managed by Jenny Nolan, lost only one game out of 18 played over the three-day competition to finally take out the title.

The girls, see front page, battled some of Brisbane’s largest established netball associations as well as weather conditions that went from sunny to cool, to rain and windy.

Coolum Netball was also represented by the under-12 black and an under-13 team.

It is the first time Coolum Netball has had more than one team at this state event.

The growth in team numbers is a direct result of the success of previous representative seasons, the commitment of Coolum Netball to bring more opportunities to its young players and the support of representative team sponsors Northshore Realty, Bendigo Bank, Lend Lease, Charcoal Chicken and Peregian Select Butchery.

The under-12 black team played 19 games, with coach Bernie Patterson and manager Chris Stantifort keeping the girls focused during the carnival.

The girls again came up against many strong teams and were able to achieve six wins, with many games lost by only a few goals.

The under-13 team had fewer games to play but the competition was even stronger in this age group, and though the girls did not take out the competition, they did have great success by winning against a Sunshine Coast team from Caloundra.

Supporting all the teams was our band of volunteers who provided umpiring over the three days, food during the day and each morning and general moral support to each and every player over a very long weekend of netball. To those volunteers, Cathy Barnet, Lucie Loginow and Tracey McGovern, thank you on behalf of all our players.

Stay tuned for more netball news as Coolum players prepare to travel to Ipswich mid-July and then to the Townsville at the end of July.

Can Coolum Netball take out another state title?

– JUDY DAVIS


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