OFF TO THE TITLES: Grafton Netball Association's under-17 representative side will head away to the State championships this weekend. (Top row) Brooke Burton (coach), Darcey Griffith,Kelsey Burt, Arielle Hackett, Charlotte Sommer, Emersyn Burton, Kellsie Burton(manager), Kira Grant (Assistant coach); (bottom row) Sophie Osborne, Kendal Scott, Elsie Clarke, Darcee Osborne, Katelyn Warby.
OFF TO THE TITLES: Grafton Netball Association's under-17 representative side will head away to the State championships this weekend. (Top row) Brooke Burton (coach), Darcey Griffith,Kelsey Burt, Arielle Hackett, Charlotte Sommer, Emersyn Burton, Kellsie Burton(manager), Kira Grant (Assistant coach); (bottom row) Sophie Osborne, Kendal Scott, Elsie Clarke, Darcee Osborne, Katelyn Warby. Contributed

Grafton netballers up for State challenge

NETBALL: Grafton Netball Association's regular weekend competition takes a break this long weekend. We will be commencing as usual the following week, so keep training hard.

We would like to wish our 17s representative team all the best for this upcoming weekend as they venture down to Sydney to represent our association in the state championships.

This year's championships will be held at the Baulkham Hills Netball Association, where our girls will play against teams from throughout the state during the long weekend.

An incredible 1200 games will be played across the weekend, which will see more than 1000 athletes taking the courts - with roughly 200kg of ice for recovery baths, metres of strapping tape for ankles, wrists and shoulders, plus litres of recovery drinks... the list goes on!

This year our team is comprised of Kelsey Burt, Emersyn Burton, Elsie Clarke, Darcey Griffith, Arielle Hackett, Darcee Osborne, Sophie Osborne, Kendal Scott, Charlotte Sommer and Katelyn Warby.

The girls have been working hard all season during training and carnivals and are more than ready to tackle the challenges this weekend will bring.

Coach Brooke Burton will accompany the team alongside assistant coach Kira Grant and manager Kellsie Burton.

Executive member Cathy Walls will also be overseeing the trip, helping to aid our girls and wishing them all the luck in the hard-fought weekend to come.

Thank you to Cyndi Allen who will be umpiring three solid days of netball for the association.

We would also like to give a special commendation to players Emersyn Burton and Elsie Clarke, who have played representative netball for our association for six consecutive years.

This means that both girls have represented our city in more than 400 games and have finally concluded their representative journey.

Arielle Hackett, Darcey Griffith, Charlotte Sommer have also reached the end of the 17s age bracket.

We would like to congratulate and thank all of these girls for their continued dedication to our sport and look forward to their participation in future state league and possible open teams.

Last Sunday, the association hosted a successful junior representative carnival.

We had eight associations attend, travelling from as far north as Brunswick Byron and from Nambucca in the south.



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