North East netball stars match it with Victoria’s best at state titles

MASSIVE EFFORT: The North East open netball team impressed at the state titles in Melbourne by making it all the way to the final.
MASSIVE EFFORT: The North East open netball team impressed at the state titles in Melbourne by making it all the way to the final.

North East Netball Association has finished runner-up in the open division of the state titles for the second year running.

The side held their own against the best netball talent in Victoria, but fell short in the final against Two Bays, 23-10, after defeating North Central 25-19 in the semis.

Noel Halton coached the side and was assisted by Wodonga A grade netball mentor Shea Cunningham.

Regional liaison officer Michelle Hamilton said there was no shortage of talent in the region with big numbers at the trials in the lead-up.

“Some of the juniors, even in the under 17s, are playing A grade and B grade in Ovens and Murray,” she said.

Lavington star Skye Hillier was set to play in the event before rupturing her ACL in the Ovens and Murray A grade grand final.

The under 17s, coached by Fiona Boyer, finished the tournament with eight wins, eight losses and a draw, while Jodie House’s under 15s side had eight wins, six losses and three draws.