Albury Netball Association’s young stars to take on state’s best

One of Albury Netball Association's representative teams heads to Melbourne this weekend to compete against a number of top-tier teams from across the state in the 2018 Netball Victoria Association Championships finals day. 

Sunday’s event will provide a golden opportunity for the 13 and under representative team to showcase their skills whilst they compete for top honours in their age group.

The occasion is particularly special for the Albury Netball Association as it witnesses one of its former junior netballers take on her duties as a first year representative coach. 

Shaylah House has been involved in the representative program since she was 12 years of age.

She has played representative netball right through to the 17 and under team, which ultimately went on to win the Association Championships finals in Melbourne in 2016. 

House has provided her team with a fabulous learning environment by drawing on her experiences playing in the Netball Victoria zone academy program and A-grade in the Ovens and Murray competition. 

She holds her development coaching qualification and intends to obtain her intermediate accreditation.

Marg Whittaker, a long serving member of the Albury Netball Association and well known among the netball community for her tireless volunteer work, is delighted with the efforts of the junior team.

“This is something that the whole community should be proud of,” Whittaker said.

“Our representative netball program aims to develop young players with the necessary skills to move beyond grassroots netball and is a recognised pathway to reach elite levels in the sport.”

This is the seventh successive year that the association has had representation at the Association Championships finals in Melbourne.

The 13 and under side heading to the Association Championships is: Olivia Maguire, Zoe Prentice, Olivia Sanson, Lily Kelly, Isabella Clancy, Mia Lavis, Geneva Blackhall, Alice Carroll, Mara Bell and Mia Ennis. Coach: Shaylah House.

Anyone interested in playing netball should contact the association by email at alburynetball@bigpond.com or visit their website (www.alburynetball.sportingpulse.net) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/alburynetball).