BELMONT’S next generation of netball stars had a stellar showing at the Association Championships over the long weekend.
The event at Wembley Sports Centre was attended by more than 13,000 people, with nine international teams in attendance.
“Although it was a large competition, the girls had no expectations except to play some great netball, meet new friends and have a great weekend. After the initial shock of the number of players and spectators, they relaxed and slipped straight into playing their games,” Belmont Netball president Cathy McCafferty said.
Belmont Netball’s under-12s and open teams finished third in their respective divisions, and the under-13s won their grand final.
“(The under-13s team were) initially surprised, and showed great sportsmanship when they realised they had won the grand final,” Ms McCafferty said.
Ms McCafferty said it was the first time the club had under-12s, under-13s and an open team representing Belmont since 2013.
“These amazing results, especially with our junior teams, are the result of our new development program which we have had in place for a couple of years,” Ms McCafferty said.
The program started last year to focus on 11 to 13 year olds in the club, with all invited to a six week Player and Umpire Pathway Squad followed by a 16 week Kids In Talent Squad.
The next big carnival for Belmont Netball will be at Kalamunda on June 25 and July 30, followed by the club’s own carnival on August 13.
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