Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Deni’s star trio

- By CHELSEA PHIPPS

Three Deniliquin netballers have demonstrat­ed immense skill and have been selected for the North Central Region netball squads.

Kate Westcott and Makayla Finn — who both have affiliatio­ns with Deniliquin Netball Associatio­n and Deniliquin Rovers — were selected for the U15s team.

DNA and Deniliquin Rams player Annie Harvey was selected for the U17s team.

The trio were selected in the teams based on their performanc­es at trails over recent weeks.

‘‘The U15s girls had two training drill sessions, and two games they played for trials,’’ said Kate’s mum, Melissa Westcott.

‘‘Games were where the coaches looked for combinatio­ns that worked, and their skills that they had been working on.’’

‘‘The standard was very high and all the girls really stepped up in the last trial,’’ added Makayla’s mum, Rachael Finn.

And their talent prevailed, with both girls thrilled to make the cut.

‘‘Kate was beyond excited to be selected after being an umpire in 2018 and 2019,’’ Melissa said.

‘‘She knew she wanted to come back as a player.’’

Rachael said Makayla was little taken aback at the results.

‘‘She couldn’t believe she made the team, but it is because she showed diversity and accuracy in the goal ring.’’

Kate will play wing attack and centre positions, with Makayla

a working as goal shooter and goal attack.

Annie said being given the opportunit­y to compete against the states best netballers was an exciting prospect.

But she said competitio­n in Melbourne would be dependent on COVID-19 restrictio­ns.

‘‘I just hope the COVID situation improves so that we can go to Melbourne and give it all we’ve got,’’ she said.

‘‘My initial

trails

included around group.

‘‘I was predominat­ely trialled in the wing defence position, with a few rotations at centre also.

‘‘I felt that I was able to grab a few intercepts, plus take on feedback and apply it on the court.

‘‘With some of the girls in the squad already playing in Victorian Netball League teams, I thought it was fairly unlikely that I’d be successful in selection, but I was just so ecstatic and grateful when I’d made the final team.

‘‘I trialled for the U15s team two years ago and missed out on selection, so it’s a reminder to never give up — dust yourself off and keep giving things a go.’’

To share the journey with her fellow netballers is also an exciting part of it, Annie said.

‘‘It’s awesome to have Kate and Mak (Makayla) selected in the U15s, and to be able to share the experience with other families from Deni.’’

The girls will continue training with their respective squads until the state titles carnivals at the end of the year.

COVID-19 restrictio­ns have impacted their ability to make sessions, but the girls are eager to attend as many training sessions as they can from now on.

‘‘All the coaches and management of North Central are working hard to be able to train,’’ Rachael said.

‘‘The girls hope to be able to have the official dress presentati­on in Bendigo, with a dinner and guest speakers in September.’’

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■ (From left) Kate Westcott, Makayla Finn and Annie Harvey have Region representa­tive netball teams. all been selected in North Central
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