Future looking bright for netball in Bathurst

TWO years ago Bathurst was unable to field an opens team at the Netball NSW State Championships, now the association can boast a Division Two crown.

Season 2017 so far has been a landmark one for Bathurst’s top side, with the 18 consecutive wins at the State Championships coming after the Michael Germech coached outfit ended Orange’s remarkable Regional State League run.

“I am really excited, really pleased, really proud of all the girls. They’ve all shown 100 percent commitment and just showed up every game,” Germech said.

The win was an improvement on Bathurst’s fifth placing last season and will see the side contest the Championship division in 2018.

Yet the performance of the opens side was not the only thing that had Germech excited about the future of Bathurst netball.

The under 21s worked hard in the Championship competition, while the under 17s placed fifth in the 21-team Division Two with 12 wins across three days.

“Our 17s came fifth in Division Two as well. At one stage that had to apply to stay in Division Two because they came second last last year, so they’ve improved as well,” he said.

“The 21s only had six teams in their division. They only won a couple of games, but they didn’t come together as long ago as we had. They had a lot of new players.

“I think it’s certainly been a very good season so far for Bathurst. The association has worked really hard to put us in this position and now the best players in Bathurst are able to reap the rewards of that.”

REPRESENTATIVES: The Bathurst Netball Association's under 21s team which competed at the State Championships over the long weekend.

REPRESENTATIVES: The Bathurst Netball Association's under 21s team which competed at the State Championships over the long weekend.

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