Access all abilities netballers win praise

Nanjing Night Net

GOLDEN City access all abilities netballers have given their all at the State Netball Titles in Melbourne.

The club had two teams participating across two divisions, against six other clubs, including Geelong, Gippsland, Goulburn, Latrobe and Melbourne.

AAA is a mixed competition with each team having a maximum of three male players in each team on the court at the one time.

Golden City had 14 players involved and had a team in both division one and two.

Division one coach Ros Comer said the division one side took to the court without any male competitors.

“Despite being undermanned all the girls gave 100 per cent for all five matches,” she said.

They finished with one win, one draw and three losses.

Their win came against Chisholm Spiders by five goals, while the team drew 9-9 with Elmer.

Golden City was unlucky not win a second match, losing their final match against Gippsland in a nail-biter by one goal.

Kath Lakey was team manager and Maree Seary their umpire.

The reserve team, under coach Tracy Rigney, won three of its five matches to reach the semi-finals before being beaten by Barwon.

Golden City defeated Goulburn 4-2 and Latrobe Valley 11-2, before falling to eventual champions Barwon, who also beat Golden City in the semi-final.

A thrilling one goal win over Doncaster followed before a final round loss to Chisholm.

“Both coaches were proud of their players efforts and good sportsmanship,” Comer said.

“Thanks to Tracy Rigney from Strathdale Netball Association who stepped in at the last minute to coach the reserve team and get them to a final.”

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