Jets the only re­gional side in league sea­son

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT -

The ECU Souwest Jets will be the only re­gional club in a newlook WA Net­ball League for the 2019 sea­son.

The Jets re­ceived one of seven li­cences af­ter the for­mer com­pe­ti­tion was dis­banded and a new league be­gins to take shape.

The fu­ture is look­ing bright for South West net­ball with 16 Souwest Jets ath­letes se­lected this year in the Fever in Time State Academy Squad, in addi- tion to the club’s WAIS Schol­ar­ship hold­ers Jes­sica Repa­choli, Giselle and Ella Tay­lor and Ri­ley Cul­nane.

Souwest Jets in­terim chair­man Troy Jones said the club was proud of its his­tory and ex­cited about its fu­ture.

“Be­ing the only re­gional club in the newly-formed West Aus­tralian Net­ball League pro­vides our net­ballers the op­por­tu­nity to re­main part of their home club,” Jones said.

“The op­por­tu­nity to show­case the tal­ent from through­out the South West is very ex­cit­ing.

“We al­ready have ex­cep­tional tal­ent with sev­eral of our younger play­ers al­ready at State level and in some cases na­tional level, so to build on that through our new Jets Academy in the South West will be ex­cit­ing.

“The ECU Souwest Jets will con­tinue to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for our tal­ented young net­ballers from all over the South West.”

The Jets sub­mit­ted a for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion and sub­se­quent pre­sen­ta­tion to Net­ball WA to ob­tain one of the li­cences, which will al­low them to com­pete between 2019 and 2021.

Re­gional de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Dale Nielsen said the club would con­tinue to de­velop its tal­ent.

“The Souwest Jets, over the past 30 years, have pro­vided an im­por­tant step in the South West net­ball path­way for play­ers, coaches and um­pires to de­velop and reach their goals,” he said.

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