Nothing stops the Fab Five
Squad up for Team Spirit gong
THE Didjurigur under-11 netball team has been nominated for a Simonds Homes Team Spirit award in the News Local Junior Sports Star after winning its grand final with just five players.
A netball team can play with five players, but a full complement of seven plus reserves allows players to rotate and have a break from the fast-paced sport.
Without an interchange player, the under-11s would have had to forfeit the match if one of the girls could no longer play.
So the team struggled through three injuries without calling time so they could continue playing their Blacktown City Netball Association finals games.
Coach Sharon Gore said she was so proud of her team’s efforts she designed T-shirts for them with new nickname “the Fab Five”.
“For the last four games of the season, we were down to five girls,” Ms Gore said.
“We had to forfeit three times and then we just made it into the finals.
“They played marvellously. They were down the whole game until the end ...
My smallest girl is my strongest and all together these girls are the best
they won by three points.
“(It) just proves never give up and try your best.
“It doesn’t matter what size you are, it’s how you use it; my smallest girl is my strongest and all together these girls are the best.”
Junior Sports Star Award 2016 nominations have closed. For information on finalists and dates, visit juniorsportsstar.com.au.
Kiara Tai, 11 ( from left), Deykodah Gibbs Ebsworth, 12, Kaliayh Marlowe, 11, Natasha Dixon, 10, 0, and Lakeisha DixonStone, 10. 0. Picture: David Swift