Moree Netball team take a shot at regional competition finals

(back row) Julie Rushby, Kristy Hobday, Julie Denyer, Katie McMeniman, Alice Clark, Jamie Hook (front row) Olive Munro, Kathryn Minogue and Hannah McLaren. Amy Sampson and Ange Coy (absent). Photo by Moree and District Netball Association.
(back row) Julie Rushby, Kristy Hobday, Julie Denyer, Katie McMeniman, Alice Clark, Jamie Hook (front row) Olive Munro, Kathryn Minogue and Hannah McLaren. Amy Sampson and Ange Coy (absent). Photo by Moree and District Netball Association.

Moree Netball Division One team has walked away third in the regional competition, after a nail biting performance at Tamworth on the weekend.

The game day on Sunday marked the final round in the regional competition, where teams across the region competed at Armidale and Moree netball courts earlier in the year.

Moree fielded two teams at the start of the competition, though Moree Division Two team placed fifth overall and just missed out on a shot at the finals.

Moree Division One team took up the mantle to represent the town at Tamworth.

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According to coach Jamie Hook, the team had a strong start to the day.

“The girls first played Tamworth … they had beaten the team twice before so they had a really good vibe that things would go their way,” he said.

On the back of a close 25-22 victory, Moree faced off Gunnedah. Though their hopes for a grand final match against Quirindi were dashed after a 32-25 upset.

“It was a close game: the teams were playing goal for goal during the first three quarters. At one stage we were only two points behind Gunnedah,” Hook said.

Despite the loss, Hook said he was happy with the way the team performed on the day.

“They’ve put in the effort for the last six months, as they worked on their fitness and ball skills. There was a large, mixed age group of mothers, teachers, and I know it was a big effort for them to come down every week and show their dedication.”

Hook pointed out it was the first time he had coached the team and would consider the coaching position for next year.

“I was first approached to be the fitness coach for Division One and Two teams, then one thing led to another and I moved on up to coach,” he said.

(back row) Amber Brown, Alliyah Davison, Nicole Youngberry, Sophie Dowsett, Kate Lumber, Claudia Turner, Lauraine Fechner, Mary Davison (front row) Toni Dakis, Jess Gatt, Emma Kirk, Stevie Munro. Lisa Kendall (absent). Photo by Moree and District Nebtall Association.

(back row) Amber Brown, Alliyah Davison, Nicole Youngberry, Sophie Dowsett, Kate Lumber, Claudia Turner, Lauraine Fechner, Mary Davison (front row) Toni Dakis, Jess Gatt, Emma Kirk, Stevie Munro. Lisa Kendall (absent). Photo by Moree and District Nebtall Association.

Although the Division Two team missed out on a shot at the finals, Moree and District Netball Association’s Dimity Hook said the team could be proud of their effort.

She said the dedication and commitment to the club especially paid off for Claudia Turner after the teammate took home the Dorothy Lockwood Memorial Shield.

The coveted shield is awarded to the player who displays the best qualities of sportsmanship throughout the regional competition.

“Umpires nominate a player who they think is most deserving of the award,” Hook said.

“As an umpire, I was looking at the player’s match performance, how they respected the umpires and their decisions and the sportsmanship they showed, not just to their team but to the opponents.”

With the competition under wraps, Hook thanked the club’s volunteers, managers and supporters for their help along the way.