For a second consecutive year, Port School’s netballers recently competed against other schools at the State Netball Centre in Jollimont.
Two teams entered the competition: Port Panthers, our experienced team, consisting of Amelia Mourish, Anika Mourish, Ishy Turnbull, Kimmy Wllam, Saaya Ryder, Santanna Cound and Stephie-Rose Crown; and Port Power, made up of members who are newer to the sport including Brandi Robson, Desley Singleton-Hooper, Emaly Rauter, Georgia Bleach, Josie Walley and Sophie Lawson.
Both teams were enthusiastic and excited about the day, and although nervous at the start of the first game, it didn’t take long for the players to swing into action. After first round losses, the girls became even more determined to step it up and rise to the challenge. The next two games saw some close losses, with both teams losing games by just one point. Then in Round 4 it happened! Not just for one of our teams, but for both! The Panthers took Kent St down 11-3, while Power defeated AIC Vultures 8-2. The energy between the girls was electric and the amount of praise and encouragement that was going around was inspiring. With one more round to go, the girls were getting tired, but they rallied hard and the Panthers claimed a second victory against Allsortz Seniors. Although Power had a final game loss, the margin was only four points, which was still an admirable achievement against a team that remained undefeated for the day. Power were also one player down on the day, and though most teams either lent us a player or sat one out to make it even, the last game was played 7 players to 6. A great result!
We are so proud of these girls; their attitude, efforts and behaviour on the day were both professional and inspiring. The thanks go to Chelsea Eastwood, for lending a hand in the training and to Dennis Colbung for helping out with coaching, transportation and catering on the day.
Thanks for a fantastic day girls!