GOLDEN City CZ netballers Kylie Campbell and Dallas Lakey played key roles as Victoria won the gold medal at the Independence Australia All Abilities titles in Sydney.
The Bendigo netballers teamed-up in the defensive circle for the ‘Big V’, which won three of its four matches to secure the inaugural Marie Little OAM Shield.
The competition has been held for many years, but the 2013 event was the first time Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia played for the Shield.
South Australia also won three matches, but the Vics took the Shield because of higher percentage.
Campbell said it was a relief to be crowned winners after a nervous wait.
“It felt pretty good actually, because we were a bit worried. We weren’t quite sure if we pulled it off or not,” she said.
Campbell and Lakey’s defensive efforts were crucial in the final standings.
“We tried to stop all the goals. I played all four games… we both stayed in defence the whole time,” Campbell said.
The result continued Victoria’s dominance of the All Abilities titles in recent years.
Marie Little – the founder of AUSRAPID – presented the shield to the jubilant winning team at the Anne Clarke Centre.
Netball Victoria Community Engagement co-ordinator Cassandra Hadson hailed the tournament an outstanding success.
“The athletes who participated in the competition took pride in representing their state and many took the opportunity to develop not only their netball abilities, but also their leadership and teamwork skills,” she said.
“They are role models for their peers and will no doubt take their learning back to their own club, for the benefit of the broader netball community.”
Campbell and Lakey will play for another title this weekend when their Golden City CZ yellow team takes on City’s brown side in Saturday’s grand final.