IT usually takes a new sporting team a few seasons to gel and start to play well together, but not these girls.
This Blue Flames Netball Club team, aged just 12 to 14, have only been playing at the Success Netball Association for the last two years but they were able to make the grand final in their first season and are currently sitting second on the ladder nearing the end of season two.
Coach Julie Ryder said the players stood out because they were genuine.
“The dedication these girls have to the game of netball is outstanding, they always have such high spirits whether win, lose or draw,” she said.
“They always praise others and never have any bad comments about anyone and if someone is having a bad day the others always get behind them and give them words that help them along.
“The players are great role models for the younger ones coming through as they take time out to assist our little training partner, Lexie (6) at training.
“Other teams always come up and comment on how great this team is, the girls enjoy the game and have fun but always have a positive attitude.”
Ryder has nominated the team for Community Newspaper Group’s Local Sports Stars competition in the Young Sporting Spirit-Team category for their positive attitude and commitment to the sport.
“To be recognised in the wider community is important as having the team spirit these young ladies do is an attribute everyone should strive to achieve,” she said.
“They always have people commenting on how nice it is to play against Blue Flames as the girls are never nasty and never give up no matter what the odds are. It is about enjoying sport and playing the best they can.”
Name: Blue Flames Netball Club
Category: Young Sporting Spirit-Team.
To nominate, visit www.localsportsstars.com.au.