Victoria and NSW have set the early pace at the 17/U National Netball Championships in Queensland recording two victories each on day one.
For many of the players participating at the championship across the eight teams, this is their first time representing their State. Whilst opening day nerves did rear their head, NSW coach Briony Akle was impressed with the ability of her team to fight back from early deficits and record two solid victories against Queensland and South Australia.
“We had a very nervous start today. Our opening game against Queensland was a fast paced game and I think the team was a bit shaken early on. But to their credit, we were about six goals behind and had a fantastic comeback,” Akle said.
“The team really pulled it together and everyone got a run on day one which was great.”
Coming up against two of the early front-runners on the opening day of play, Akle was thankful for the tough start and the opportunity to give the entire team some game time.
“Today was a tough day for us in relation to who we faced in comparison to who some of the other teams played. We faced two very tough teams and the opportunity to get everyone out there means that they’re only going to get better as the week progresses,” Akle said.
“It’s a bit too early to tell which teams are going to rise to the top. We’ll get more of an idea of the top four as the week goes along.”
Day two doesn’t get any easier for the NSW 17/U Team as they face ACT and an undefeated Victorian team. Akle is looking forward to the challenges that day two will bring.
“I want the team to settle into playing and get rid of any nerves they may still have. We need to play our game and not worry about who we’re playing and start building momentum.”
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