Coolum Netball’s victorious under-14 rep team: Bernie Patterson, Alison O’Brien (back row), Elsie Patterson, Pepe Murrell, Georgia Pachett, Julia O’Brien, Brittany Fitzgerald (middle row), Shayla Kennedy, Kristen Boshammer, Rohani Bakhach and Maddy Ashman (front row). Photo: Briana Davis
Coolum Netball’s victorious under-14 rep team: Bernie Patterson, Alison O’Brien (back row), Elsie Patterson, Pepe Murrell, Georgia Pachett, Julia O’Brien, Brittany Fitzgerald (middle row), Shayla Kennedy, Kristen Boshammer, Rohani Bakhach and Maddy Ashman (front row). Photo: Briana Davis

Players put in a winning effort

Coolum Netball, with around 500 players and six competitive and successful representative teams, continues to go from strength to strength.

And the players are earning their success.

Recently, they spent all day Saturday fundraising for upcoming events at Ipswich and Rockhampton and then, on the next day, competed against all-comers in an all-day carnival at Pine Rivers.

On that Sunday, the girls, their parents and their support crew left Coolum for the carnival before 7am and did not get home before 7pm.

But nobody minded, because the under-14 team took out first place in their division, the under-15s were runners up in theirs, the under 16s placed third and the under 13 team excelled against very tough competition.

Representative team coordinator Judy Davis said it was only four years ago that the representative program was introduced at Coolum.

“We are now seen as a serious competitor amongst much larger associations both on the Sunshine Coast and regionally within Queensland,” she said.

“We have come of age.”

Ms Davis thanked Luke’s IGA, Northshore Realty, Bendigo Bank. Marcoola, Charcoal Chicken and Peregian Select Butchery, who, she said, were “truly great community partners of Coolum Netball”

“Without their generous contributions we would struggle to support our teams going to state events.

“Our players thank those businesses who, in times that are tough, still continue to support our young players to participate in a sport they truly love.”


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