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Players set for challenge

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May 12, 2018

15-and-under SNA championship squad: (Back) Charlotte Keady, Cara Woodman, Sjan McCurry, Molly Kennedy, Maya Rutherford, (middle) Andrea Tuohey (coach), Rebecca Valentin, Elly Jeffery, Kelis Saunders, Daisy Warburton, Olivia Mangiameli Hayley Rennie, Ella Rohde, Fiona Boyer (Coach), (Front) Caitlyn Tuohey, Chelsea Merkel, Taylin Wells, Elsie Boyer, Jemma Cuzens and Holly Kirby.

13-and-under SNA championship squad: (Back) Susan Huffer (coach), Ashlee McMahon, Alexa Teague, Isabel Whitelaw, Hannah Onley, Charlette Gray, Elyse Sinclair, Emma Pummeroy, Meg Birchall, Ella Morgan, Alicia Stovell (coach), (front) Diaz Barzen, Olivia Stevens, Jasmine Huffer, Tazmyn Stovell, Eliza Bicknell, Lacey Pogue, Jasmine Thomas, Shelby Hutchins. Absent: Nat Smyth.

Shepparton Netball Association is preparing its representative sides for the North East Zone Championships.

The association will enter two sides in each of the 15-and-under and 13-and-under age divisions to contest the Wangaratta event on May 27.

But first there is a more pressing concern, with a tournament in Echuca tomorrow at the forefront of players’ minds.

Squad co-ordinator Lyn Flynn said the sides had already been busy at two previous competitions in Bendigo, as well as one on home courts.

‘‘We normally do three in the lead up (to the North East Zone Championships) so the coaches can see what combinations are working and what the teams need to be working on,’’ she said.

Flynn is positive about the talent of her coaches, with Fiona Boyer and Andrea Tuohey in charge of the 15-and-unders, while Susan Huffer and Alicia Stovell take charge of the 13-and-under teams.

With the two sides which make the decider at the North East Zone Championships progressing to the Association Championships, SNA is hoping for a representative.

In the 13-and-unders, Gold appears to be a team to beat tomorrow as well as in Wangaratta, with the side taking top honours in Shepparton and Bendigo.

Flynn said Huffer was impressed with the direction her side is headed in.

‘‘She was really excited and very pleased with how their development is going and they’re putting everything in place that they’ve been taught so there are high hopes moving forward,’’ she said.

Around 120 players trialled for a spot before the final squads were put together in late January.

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