THE path to the Netball Victoria Association Championships for the BFNL's 17-and-under team will begin at Shepparton this Sunday.
Coach Melinda Keighran's 11-player squad will have their first tournament hit-out at the event run by the Shepparton Netball Association at McEwen Reserve.
The squad contains a wealth of in-form players, among them South Bendigo A-grade goaler Chloe Langley, who starred in the Bloods' 48-48 draw against Eaglehawk at Canterbury Park on Saturday.
Her impressive effort in scoring 34 goals from 37 attempts came just days after she represented Victoria at 17-and-under level at the 2019 National Netball Championships.
The squad will tune up for the Shepparton tournament with a practice match against Golden Square's A-grade squad at Wade Street tonight (Tuesday).
Keighran expected her players to acquit themselves well against the senior Bulldogs.
"Some of our girls are playing A-grade and A-reserve - it will be a good experience for them," she said.
"The Shepparton tournament is a great tournament and a good stepping stone to the Association Championships.
"It's a really strong competition with teams from Albury, Wodonga, Echuca and Shepparton. We were runners-up there last year and won the Bendigo tournament.
"It's a great opportunity to put the girls through their paces and work on combinations."
The Association Championships will be played in June.
The squad is Arriah Keogh (Eaglehawk), Georgia Murray (Gisborne), Abbey Grindal, Abbey Clohesy, Ashlee O'Shea, Kayla Ashcroft (Golden Square), Ruby Turner, Piper Dunlop (Sandhurst), Chloe Langley, Morgan McLennan, and Carissa Brooks (South Bendigo).
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