St Mary’s College boys and girls netball teams competed with success at the Netball NSW Cup in Armidale, with the Year 7-8 girls going through undefeated.

In a day of exciting netball, the team qualified for the regional finals at Tamworth in the last week of this term with the top two teams going through.

The change of venue from Narrabri to Armidale had some benefits as there were many more teams playing, including Uralla Central School, Armidale Secondary College, Inverell High School, New England Girls School and O’Connor Catholic College Armidale.

St Mary’s had teams in the Years 7-8 and Years 9-10 girls and boys divisions with the Year 7-8 boys improving enormously throughout the day to finish runners-up and qualify for the regional final.

The Year 9-10 girls finished a close second in their pool and then lost narrowly in their final to the winner of the other pool, while the boys played entertaining netball throughout the day and had some great wins but missed the finals. Team managers said the most pleasing aspect of the day was the high standard of competition, with St Mary’s teams right in the mix in all divisions.

After weeks of training on the school courts the Armidale courts posed some challenges to the boys in particular but they quickly adapted to the changed conditions.

The college has expressed appreciation to Meysades Sullivan and Lily Maxwell who did a great job umpiring throughout the day as the teams would not have been able to play without umpires.

Back, Macey Carlyon, Juliet Maxwell, Arlie Torrens, Cameron Lucas and Lily Campbell. Front, Corrine Wise, Chelsie Smith, Mya Hennessy and Tiah Small.

St Mary’s boys team, back, Zach Akinyemi, Baxter Knapman, Liam Nott, Archie Swain, Jedd Smallwood, Lachlan Gurney, Archie McCormack and Charlie Barnes. Front, Nash Carlyon, Gus Ford and Henry Maslen.

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