Bendigo shoots through to state finals

TALENTED: Bendigo netballers through to the next round. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

TALENTED: Bendigo netballers through to the next round. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

BENDIGO Netball League's under-17 netballers have won their way through to the finals of the Association Championships. 

The netball young guns were undefeated during Sunday's Northern championships event, held in Mildura. 

The Bendigo team included Sandhurst's Elley Lawton, Georgia Bolton, Ash Sexton, Imogen Sexton, Delaynie Caldwell and Meg Williams.

Golden Square duo Abbey Ryan and Ash Ryan, Gisborne pair Sammi Cooke and Rylee Connell, Strathfieldsaye's Dayna McGough and Castlemaine's Chelsea Sartori. 

Coached by Kathryn Gilmore the team came from behind to defeat the Horsham District Netball Association, 14 to 12 to be crowned champions. 

Gilmore said it was a great effort from the girls, especially after the team were runners-up at last year's tournament.  

"We played eight games in totals with all games played at eight minute halves," she said.

"We were six down at half time and so we decided to make some changes and put some fresh legs on the court.

"It was a huge turnaround."

The Bendigo team versed the North Central league in the semi-finals, winning by five goals.

Gilmore said the team was looking forward to competing against the best in Victoria. 

"We expect to win," she said.

"The championships is a chance to see where we stand alongside some of the stronger Melbourne teams.

"There will be 12 teams in total competing at the tournament."

The championships is in its 15th year.

The finals will be held on June 29 in Melbourne.

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