Verity back in National team colours

NOT even a popped shoulder could stop Grafton netball prodigy Verity Simmons from being selected in the National Under-17 squad over the weekend.

A bad fall in the semi-final against Queensland left Simmons with a dislocated shoulder.

Medical staff popped it back into place and the centre continued to play strongly for the rest of the match and played the following day in the final.

NSW had a dominant tournament losing just one match in the first seven rounds to Queensland 36-25 and easily accounted for the likes of Northern Territory, 33-9, and Australian Capital Territory, 39-12.

Queensland felt the pressure in the semi-final losing 30-25 to NSW but the Blues were unable to cap off the tournament in winning style narrowly losing to Victoria 20-19.

Simmons was just one of two NSW players to play all nine matches alongside goal-keeper Samantha Poolman.

Grafton Netball Association president Cathy Wall, who was in Perth for the National Netball Championships, said Simmons was a star performer.

"She is the best player to come out of Grafton," Wall said.

"At one stage Verity took a beautiful aerial intercept and even the selectors got up and applauded her effort.

"I know she was in a bit of pain ahead of the final, but she played through which just goes to show you the effort she puts in to every match."

Simmons is no stranger to national duties having been selected in last year's Under 17 squad.

She is also a member of the NSW Institute of Sport.

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