Talented group set for netball showdown

READY TO PLAY: Back: Elley Lawton, Ash Sexton, Imogen Sexton, Dayna McGough, Rylee Connell and Georgia Bolton. Front: Sammi Cooke, Meg Williams and Delaynie Caldwell. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

READY TO PLAY: Back: Elley Lawton, Ash Sexton, Imogen Sexton, Dayna McGough, Rylee Connell and Georgia Bolton. Front: Sammi Cooke, Meg Williams and Delaynie Caldwell. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

TALENTED: Tiana Newman, Polly Salter, Jordan MacIlwain, Maddy Stewart, Alicia McGlashan and Rachel McKenzie. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

TALENTED: Tiana Newman, Polly Salter, Jordan MacIlwain, Maddy Stewart, Alicia McGlashan and Rachel McKenzie. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

SOME of Bendigo’s most talented netballers will travel to Melbourne on Sunday in the hope of winning the coveted Association Championship title.

After winning through the Northern Championship event earlier this month, the netball young guns will represent the Bendigo Netball League at the prestigious event.

The under-17 team began with a squad of 12, but has been cut down to nine.

The team includes Sandhurst’s Elley Lawton, Georgia Bolton, Imogen Sexton and Meg Williams, Golden Square duo Abbey Ryan and Ash Ryan, Gisborne pair Sammi Cooke and Rylee Connell and Strathfieldsaye's Dayna McGough.

Under-17 coach Kathryn Gilmore said her team was ready to take on the best netballers from across Victoria.

“I am really happy with the team,” she said.

“We have a very versatile team. I have selected players that can play in multiple positions.

“They are all such good players, who all play a lot of netball and have had a lot of experience with different coaches.

“It is just about having the right combinations on the day and gelling as a team.”

Gilmore said the level of the championships would be of the highest quality.

“It will be a step up from the Northern Championships,” she said.

“The strongest team will come from the Geelong Football-Netball League; they won the title last year.”

Bendigo’s open team, which automatically qualified for the tournament, includes Tiana Newman, Polly Salter, Jordan MacIlwain, Maddy Stewart, Alicia McGlashan, Rachel McKenzie, Emma Webb, Nikitta Block, Prue O'Mahoney and Kathie Dicker.

The open team will be led by Kangaroo Flat senior coach Janelle Hobbs.

The 12 best teams from across the state will play, with six teams playing in two pools, with two finals to be played. Each game will have eight minute halves.

“We will have to be on the ball from the beginning... we have to be ready to play from the first game,” Hobbs said.

The games will be played at the State Netball and Hockey Centre on Sunday.

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