Sometimes the journey to a Final can be more rewarding than the Final itself, and for one young netball team that journey has been a once in a lifetime experience.
On Tuesday 20 September Kellyville Public School will head to Netball Central to compete in their first ever Schools Cup State Finals.
After some extremely tough competition the young side made their families and school proud after defying the odds to earn a place alongside the best in New South Wales.
But winning was never on their minds says Coach Jodi Browning, who is over the moon with her side’s efforts.
“We are extremely proud of the girls, we never thought we would be here and we are just so excited the whole school community is behind them every step of the way.”
Despite only ever playing in their school sports uniform, the budding netballers’ achievements have been praised by parents who have rallied together to get dresses made for their little champions.They will wear them in the Years 5/6 Division competition at the home of Netball NSW.
“We knew we couldn’t come into the Finals without a uniform, we have always just played in our school uniform and we saw that the other schools had dresses,” the coach said.
“All of the parents rallied together to get the girls a dress each which has their names on the back so that is a reward for them.”
While the girls will be donning their new outfits, Browning said the tournament has been a great opportunity for all involved and no matter what the outcome may be, they will always have a cheer squad behind them.
“We want them all to enjoy it and have fun so every single player in my team will be given the opportunity to play because this is a special moment for us,” she said.
“No matter what happens there has always been great support here and that is fantastic to see, and for the girls they got to see their principal umpire and that is pretty cool.”
The Schools Cup is an initiative by Netball NSW to provide the State’s primary and secondary school students with the opportunity to enjoy our game in a fun and safe environment.
It is available to both male and female students from public, independent and Catholic systems in Years Five, Six, Seven and Eight. Now moving into its fourth year, the Netball NSW Schools Cup has grown from 3,000 participants in the inaugural year, to over 7,500 participants in 2015.
Netball NSW would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners, First National Real Estate, for their support in making the Schools Cup a wonderful event.
The Netball NSW Schools Cup State Final take place at Netball Central, Sydney Olympic Park, on Tuesday 20 September and will be free for all spectators.