The Netball NSW Marie Little OAM Shield Team put out a perfect performance on the weekend to be crowned undefeated Champions of the 2015 Marie Little OAM Shield at Adelaide’s Netball SA Stadium.
The Marie Little OAM Shield provides an opportunity for netballers with an intellectual disability to compete at a national tournament and it’s the third year the event has been contested between New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
NSW posted five consecutive wins across the weekend to claim their maiden Marie Little OAM Shield title, going one better than their Runners-Up finish in 2014.
Head Coach Jenny O’Keeffe was understandably excited with the result saying it was fitting for all the hard work and dedication the players had put into their preparations.
“The team played beautifully – they really put out everything we’d work at during training, and the results speak for themselves,” O’Keeffe claimed.
“This year we didn’t participate in any kind of Netball Carnival or Gala Day, so it was a little unknown how we would perform during match play. But the girls really went beyond expectation and I’m thrilled that can enjoy the spoils after going one better than last year.
“The girls built bit-by-bit in every game which was just terrific. They were obviously very excited to go through undefeated, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
O’Keeffe also praised those involved with the organisation of the Marie Little OAM Shield, who said she’s continued to be impressed by the standard of play each yet.
“The Marie Little OAM Shield is a wonderful tournament and is so well-organised by Netball Australia and the hosting State. Obviously this is my third year involved in the competition and it’s great to see the skill level increasing each year from all the athletes,” O’Keeffe commented.
Congratulations once again to our Netball NSW Marie Little OAM Shield Champions, and to all those involved in the 2015 tournament.
|2015 Marie Little OAM Shield – Results|
|Preliminary Rounds||Sat 18 July||NSW 20 d SA 5|
|Sun 19 July||NSW 19 d VIC 5|
|SA 12 d VIC 4|
|NSW 11 d SA 5|
|NSW 16 d VIC 8|
|SA 11 d VIC 2|
|Grand Final||NSW 16 d SA 9|
2015 Netball NSW Marie Little OAM Shield Team
Dallas AUSTIN – Blacktown City
Karina BAINES – Netball NSW
Rebel ERVASTI – Blue Mountains
Sarah-Jayne FORREST – Kiama
Melissa GALLAGHER – Blue Mountains
Kristin MERCER – Netball NSW
Bernadette MILLS – Orange
Eliza MILLS – Orange
Anthea WELLS – Sutherland Shire
Uriah WESTON – Blue Mountains
Head Coach: Jenny O’Keeffe
Assistant Coach: Therri Ellison
Manager: Ellen Monaghan