JERRABOMBERRA Public School’s young netballers will be set for a busy three days as they take to the court in two statewide tournaments in Sydney next week.
On Monday, the school will be looking to go one better than last year’s second place finish at the finals of the NSW PSSA tournament in Sydney.
Then on Wednesday, Jerrabomberra will back up to represent the South Coast region in the finals of the inaugural Netball NSW Schools Cup.
Both competitions will be held at the Anne Clarke Netball Centre in Lidcomb.
In between, the side will be treated to a special coaching clinic run by Australian representative netballer Susan Pratley.
Jerrabomberra finished as runners up in the 2012 PSSA knockout – a competition involving more than 500 schools from across the state.
“We’re lucky at Jerra that we’ve got a nice big community to get players from,” coach Mardi Croke said. “We’re also a very large school which helps us as well. We’ve got a lot of girls with a lot of talent to choose from.”
This year, meanwhile, marks the first time Netball NSW has run its Schools Cup competition.
Jerrabomberra is one of eight primary schools to have earned passage through to the state finals in Sydney next week.
The school will play three games in the pool stage; against Casino West Public, St Paul’s and Tacking Point Public, with a chance to move through to the finals.
“The Jerra girls are thrilled about attending the Netball NSW Schools Cup – they have been training hard and have really gelled together as a team,” Croke said.
“Hard work, dedication and a love of netball has got the team to where they are, and we also have wonderfully supportive parents. We feel very lucky to be part of this experience.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls and what they’ve achieved so far.”
Jerrabomberra will field the same team in both competitions, with the side to remain in Sydney from Monday to Wednesday.