STATE CHAMPS: The Grafton 15 Years Netball team from back left: Brooke Burton (coach), Charlotte Sommer, Murren Woods, Katisha Meaney, Arielle Hackett, Fiona Gordon (manager); front (L to R): Emersyn Burton, Talia O’Loughlin, Elsie Clarke, Maeve Grant, Darcey Griffith.
STATE CHAMPS: The Grafton 15 Years Netball team from back left: Brooke Burton (coach), Charlotte Sommer, Murren Woods, Katisha Meaney, Arielle Hackett, Fiona Gordon (manager); front (L to R): Emersyn Burton, Talia O’Loughlin, Elsie Clarke, Maeve Grant, Darcey Griffith. PHOTOS: KYLIE ADA/GRAFTON FAST PHOTOS

Grafton Under-15s win State Age Netball crown

A FOUR-GOAL victory over Glen Innes in their penultimate match secured a state Division Four title for the Grafton 15-Years side at the 2015 State Age Netball Championships yesterday.

The 18-14 win gave Grafton an unbeatable buffer, before going on to beat Leeton 17-13 in their final match.

"We knew once we beat Glen Innes by four that we'd nailed it," coach Brooke Burton.

"But we still wanted to go out undefeated. It wasn't pretty in the last match, the girls were exhausted, but we did it."

Grafton completed the three-day tournament hosted by the Hawkesbury Netball Association undefeated with 17 wins from all 17 matches, scoring a total of 396 and conceding just 147.

Glen Innes finished runners up with 15 wins while Woolgoolga was fourth with 12 wins and two draws in a strong showing from North Coast clubs.

It was just rewards for the 15-year girls, who were demoted from Division Three for their final year of representing at State Age carnivals following an injury-ravaged 2014 campaign.

"The core of the side has been together since playing in the 12s," Burton said.

"From the first game to the last on the weekend they played the best netball I've seen them play."

Grafton fielded sides in Division Three at Penrith in the other three age groups, finishing 13th in 12s, 12th in 13s and 12th in 14s.



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