BARELLAN netball officials are confident of standing up to the best the state has to offer at the NSW titles this weekend in Penrith.
While small in number, the side possesses the ingredients to reach utlimate success in division two with coach Carolyn Burgess one of the most-experienced and respected coaches in the Riverina.
The team is versatile and has height, speed, agility and the ability to fight until the final whistle in every game they play in.
“They are like family and are always looking out for each other both on and of the court,” Jodie Landy said.
“If they stay injury free I predict a top five from 24 sides in their division which would be an amazing effort.”
This is the second year Barellan will be attending the state age championships and hopes to break into the top 10 this weekend. Last year the girls finished 12th and are keen to be the best placed country team in their division again.
The team consists of players from Barellan, Narrandera, Leeton and Griffith and such was the success of their first year they have added an under 15s side to the program this year and are looking to expand in the future.
The combination of the Griffith Swans’ Madeleine Testoni and Emma Groat will give plenty of fire up front. The smart play of Georgia Fuller in centre will be looked upon to control the centre court.
Bridgette Brown and Amelia Kennedy will add strength in attack and defence.
Georgia Lee has the ability to change the course of the game if left alone.
Alice Kenny is arguably one of the hardest working defenders, teamed with Amelia, Jess Soligo and Josiphine Philpot.
The side has formed a formidable defensive line and they will need this form entering the championships.