It has been one success after another recently for the Queanbeyan Netball Association (QNA), and the latest accolade for the club was the announcement of four girls who have been selected in the ACT Under 19s side which will compete at the National Netball Championships in Queensland in April this year.
Emily and Caitlin Brady, Olivia Clark, and Sophie Jensen are the four who were selected from the QNA’s State League Four team, which went through the 2018 season undefeated only to lose in the final.
All four girls have played together since for many years, and first represented the QNA at the Under 12s level where they were the Division Three State Champions.
While the selection is a proud moment for all four girls, it is not unusual as all of them have earned representative honours in the past.
The quartet have come through the South East Regional Netball Academy (SERNA) program, while the Brady sisters and Clark have also represented the ACT at Schoolgirls Under 15 and Under 17 levels.
The girls’ first assignment with the ACT ahead of the National Championships takes place this weekend, when they participate in the Heartkids Netball Cup this weekend in Orange.
The cup will see netballers at Under 17 and Under 19 age levels play across three different divisions against a number of sides from across NSW and the ACT.
The competition will take place across Saturday and Sunday, and the ACT 19s side will take part in the Division One competition, against NSW 19s, NSW 17s, GWS Opens, and UTS Opens.
Talent and Performance Manager for Netball ACT, Nicole Bowles, said in an email to ACT players that the tournament will provide “a great start to your season to work on match fitness, combinations and team work”.
The tournament is a charity events which raises money for Heartkids, which will be used to combat and raise awareness for Australian children living with heart disease.
“This is the eighth year the Heartkids Cup competition has been held and NACT are proud to have been a part of seven of the eight years,” Bowles said in the email.
The selection of the four girls in the ACT side follows closely on the heels of Malia Harrison, Erin Mayfield, and Charlise Cleary’s selection in the ACT Under 17s side, which will also compete this weekend in Orange as part of the Division Two competition.
It continues the QNA’s trend of producing strong results and talented players despite having a comparatively small pool of talent to draw from.
The ACT 19s side will begin its tournament on Saturday against the NSW 17s, with the match set to begin at 12.35pm