Three Wauchope Netball Club players have helped a Hastings Valley under 17s girls representative netball side to a division 2 state title.
Tegan Holland, Amber Stokes and Molly Styles lined up as part of the team coached by Ann Heaton.
The team was relentless throughout the championship conceding a little over 10 goals per game on average with their 208 goals against 57 less than nearest rivals Queanbeyan.
Heaton says she held a deal of confidence that the team was capable of challenging for a NSW state title.
This year’s success was built on the back of a mammoth defensive effort and an ability to overcome injuries which stretched their resources to the limit, the coach said.
Jacqui Palmer suffered a broken hand on the first day of competition and didn’t return to the court, while goal shooter Elly Pilgrim showed a remarkable recovery from an ankle injury.
“We were down to nine players for the first two days after Jacqui went down and then Elly rolled her ankle,” Heaton said.
“She could barely walk, but our physio did a tremendous job and got her back out there the next day.”
Pilgrim starred in attack, shooting at more than 80 per cent throughout the tournament.
“I always knew the girls had a great deal of ability and when you don’t concede too many goals it makes things a lot easier,” Heaton said.
The coach admitted the highlight of their tournament came on day three when they clashed with Inner Western Suburbs who were sitting in first position going into the match.
Hastings Valley snuck home 15-13 to climb to the top of the table – a position they never relinquished.