McAuley College netballers clinch premiership

PERFECT: McAuley College's undefeated netball champions. Photo: Tom Bushnell.
PERFECT: McAuley College's undefeated netball champions. Photo: Tom Bushnell.

The McAuley College junior netball team has taken out the South-East Colleges Association (SECA) premiership.

Not only did the team clinch the title but they were undefeated throughout the season, overcoming oppositions from more fancied schools in a round robin format.

Coach Pamela Brechin said she was extremely proud of her charges for achieving the success but also for the manner in which they played across the nine matches.

“The girls worked together well as a team and displayed great sportsmanship and team spirit,” she said.

“Over the course of the season they learnt new skills and improved their standard of play.”

Year 8 student Ashleigh Sellars said progressing through the entire season without tasting defeat filled her and her teammates with pride.

“It’s very exciting,” she said.

“We all connected and worked well together.”

Goal keeper and wing defender Ashleigh said the girls, many of whom have formed close bonds, also played outside of school in a local competition on Tuesday nights which allows them to form combinations and hone their skills.

Sports co-ordinator Amy Richards said the girls had done an exceptional job given the quality of some of the rival schools.

“They played last year and started to develop skills and team work, and this year they’ve been able to consolidate and build on that effort,” she said.

Mrs Richards said McAuley College’s capacity to be involved in more sports was increasing as the school grew in size.

“We’re also becoming more competitive,” she said.