Yamba's young netball stars off to Sydney for state finals
WHEN Yamba Public School netball coach Jill Newberry takes her team to Sydney for the New South Wales Primary Schools Sports Association netball championships, it will be an extra special day.
It's Newberry's last year in the position after more than two decades of coaching in the area.
"I started coaching in this area in 1990," she said.
"Some of the girls I am coaching now, I coached their mothers."
While winning the statewide competition would be a huge high to go out, Newberry said she was already really proud of the girls for making it this far.
The team, made up of Year 5 and 6 girls, will travel to Sydney on Sunday after winning the North Coast region part of the competition, making them one of the top eight sides in the state.
On Monday, they will play in the quarter-finals against a North Sydney team. If they progress they will play in the final also on Monday.
To get there, they beat Iluka, Evans River, Casino West, Wyrallah Rd, Maclean, Wauchope and Kingscliff in the knockout competition.
"In total we have beaten 72 schools to become the North Coast champions," Newberry said.
Newberry said it had also taken some work off the court to get the girls to Sydney.
"We have had fundraisers, so thanks to the generous people in our community for their assistance," she said.
"There's the mini bus and accommodation. We drive down Sunday and play all day Monday and drive them back that night."
It's not Newberry's first time at the PSSA finals. Her Yamba Public School teams made the trip in 2001 and 2005.
"In 2001 the team we lost to by four points, was the team that won the state title," she said.