Local businesses aid rep team

Under 17s representative netball team, back, Jordan Fallins-Neilson, Brittany Coyle, Lucy Ness, Isabella McInnes, coach Jess Murray; front, Ellen Maytom, Georgia Anderson, Laine Clifton, Marlee Anthony and Tyler Coulter. Absent. Manager Sam Rumbel.Dungog Netball Association’s under 17 representative players are grateful to a number of local businesses that have come on board to help cover the costs for their trip to the state championships in Penrith on the June long weekend.
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Firstly we would like to thank Bruce Barnett from the National Bank Dungog branch for supplying the team with training shirts.

The girls look very professional in them.

Thank you also to association president Tammy Zanardi for organising the shirts with Mr Barnett.

We have also received a $3000 grant from the Australian Sports Commission and donations from Dungog Apex and Gloucester Coal.

We can’t thank these people enough as it costs each girl over $600 to be able to represent the association.

On top of that we have to pay for a physiotherapist and an umpire to travel with the team.

The girls have also been doing their own fundraising and have already held a Cadbury fundraiser which was a huge success, a barbecue is planned and are currently selling Entertainment Books.

So far the under 17s have already taken part in State League which started on March 4 and was also held the two following weekends.

The girls travelled to Charlestown, Wangi Wangi and Cessnock.

They played teams from Woy Woy, Scone, Singleton, Cessnock, Westlakes, Port Stephens and Muswellbrook.

They finished in fourth place and played the final against Woy Woy on April 1 at Newcastle.

Unfortunately the girls lost but I think this is a huge achievement for these girls playing together for the first time and I am very proud.

They have proved that they will be a team to watch at the upcoming state championships.

I feel that they represented Dungog exceptionally at this competition and the association should be proud.

We hope that it will give our junior players something to strive for.

The representative team would like to thank the association for their support and would like to give something back to them and have decided to run a netball clinic for junior players aged 7-13.

It will be a free clinic held on Sunday, June 3 at Dungog netball courts from 11am to 1pm.

For more information or a registration form please see an executive member on Saturday mornings or contact Jessica Murray.

If you would like to help the team out in any way please contact Jessica Murray on 0438 828 589.

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