This weekend around 40 netballers from the Mid South Eastern Netball Association will head to Netball SA Stadium to compete in the Country Championships for 2021, considered one of the largest netball events in South Australia.
Nearly 1000 players from around 26 different associations will compete over the long weekend, with the Mid South East Netball Association taking four teams to the event – a senior team, 17 and under, 15 and under and 13 and under.
It comes after the Country Championships were cancelled in 2020 along with many other sporting events due to the coronavirus, with players now keen to head to Adelaide and compete against some of the best players from country South Australia.
The Country Championships began in 1936, with the Mid South East Netball Association first competing in 1976.
This with be the Mid South East’s 45th year of competing.
SENIORS – Coach – Abbey Duncan, bench coach/team manager – Tam Haggett, players – Abbey Duncan (Kalangadoo), Ebony McDiarmid (Kalangadoo), Sarah Laurie (Robe), Sarah Nulty (Mount Burr), Sarah Faulkner (Hatherleigh – pictured), Tegan Merrett (Hatherleigh), Riley Buckingham (Kongorong), Madi Haggett (Mount Burr), Heidi Clark (Mount Burr), Chloe Pratt (Kalangadoo).
17&U – Coach – Narelle Ryan, assistant coach/team manager – Cody Manning, players – Kori Collins (Kalangadoo), Lacey Haines (Hatherleigh), Dakota Hately (Hatherleigh), Sarah Lomas (Port MacDonnell), Chelsea Owen (Glencoe), Tayla Rowe (Tantanoola), Shelby Ryan (Kalangadoo), Holly Watson (Kalangadoo), Sophie Wrightson ((Kalangadoo), Reserve: Emily Mulraney (Kalangadoo).
15&U – Coach – Pauline Mulraney, assistant coach/team manager – Lucy Williams, players – Billie Carter (Robe), Indi Howell (Hatherleigh), Keelie Lindner (Tantanoola), Bridie McPherson (Port MacDonnell), Zoe Mulraney (Glencoe), Bella Poulish (Hatherleigh), Evie Sealey (Kongorong), Lara Wilson (Port MacDonnell), Ebony Wurst (Kalangadoo), Reserves: Imogen Nowak (Mount Burr), Ebony Cytrowski (Tantanoola).
13&U – Coach – Leah Puiatti, team manager: Sam Nettle, players – Grace Altschwager (Kongorong), Molly Cushion (Tantanoola), Tilly Gamble (Mount Burr), Alex Haines (Hatherleigh), Tegan Lythgo (Kalangadoo), Kalli Nettle (Hatherleigh), Chloe Peacock (Kalangadoo), Shayden Russell (Kalangadoo), Sara Smith (Mount Burr), Reserves: Kiara Epiha (Nangwarry), Lucy Egan (Kalangadoo).