JERRABOMBERRA Public School has achieved stunning success in the state finals of the NSW PSSA netball knockout competition after finishing runners-up in the state-wide competition in Sydney on Monday.
While Jerrabomberra went down 26-21 to New Lambton in the grand final, the result still marks Jerra as the second best primary school netball side in NSW. 534 teams were involved in the knockout competition.
Coach Mardi Croke said the side’s second-place finish was a great feat for the school.
“It’s the furthest we’ve ever gone as a school in netball so it’s a big achievement,” she said.
After a strong year, it was perhaps no surprise Jerrabomberra performed so well in Sydney. The side secured a 33-14 first round victory against Sylvania Heights before knocking off Bilambil 36-14 in the second round.
In a thrilling grand final showdown against New Lambton, Jerrabomberra fought back from seven goals down to level the scores during the third quarter.
New Lambton however, proved too strong in the final term to claim the victory.
The impressive effort put in my all the players throughout the competition left Croke at a loss to single out any one player as a key to Jerra’s success.
"There were no stand out players, each girl just did their own bit," Croke said. "The girls just played their hearts out. Everything I said to do they just went out there and did it and it was such a delight to coach them.”
Australian netballer Ann Sergeant who was an ambassador for the day also commented on the quality of netball from these young achievers.