VICTORIOUS: Chinchilla Netball U14s' (back) Isabel Brandon, Arlie Sommerfeld, Jane Sommerfeld, Breanna Collins, Kylie Salisbury, (front) Bridget Bender, Kate O'Sullivan, Christina Jones and Amity Salisbury.
VICTORIOUS: Chinchilla Netball U14s' (back) Isabel Brandon, Arlie Sommerfeld, Jane Sommerfeld, Breanna Collins, Kylie Salisbury, (front) Bridget Bender, Kate O'Sullivan, Christina Jones and Amity Salisbury. Contributed

Chinchilla U14s champions on the court

CHINCHILLA has won its first Darling Downs Inter-District title with the U14s claiming a nailbiting grand final win recently.

The competition has teams from all over the Darling Downs competing over the five months of the season and culminates in a grand final day at Nell E Robinson courts in Toowoomba.

This is the first year that Chinchilla had a team nominated in every division, from U12 through to the Open division.

"This competition is a great opportunity for our players to be exposed to a higher standard of netball and is fantastic for player development,” Chinchilla Netball president Kelly Statham said.

"All of our teams exceeded our expectations this year, and that is a real credit to the hard work being put into junior player development by coaches, parents and players.”

The standout performer for Chinchilla was undoubtedly the U14 team.

Chinchilla High School students make up the bulk of the team, along with the Salisbury sisters from Miles who have joined the Chinchilla club.

Coached by Sharon Jones, the team has trained very hard and as result lost only three games throughout the season.

They withstood a lot of pressure in the grand final, and eventually took the win by three goals over Warwick.

Kate O'Sullivan was named best midcourt player in the grand final and Kylie Salisbury was named best shooter in the grand final.

"Kate is a real quiet achiever, who doesn't realise just what a great little player she is,” Statham said.

"She was rewarded earlier in the season with selection in the Panthers Country Cubs development squad, but this award should be the icing on the cake for Kate.”

"I am also thrilled about Kylie's award. We have loved having a few of the Miles girls join us for netball, and I hope we can see more coming together between our clubs in 2017.”

All teams from Chinchilla finished in the top division in the respective age groups. The Open team finished 7th, U16 were unlucky to miss the grand final and finished 3rd, and our youngest team, U12, finished 6th.

An exciting new local season of intermediate netball for players aged 10-14 is about to begin.

Along with developments in facilities, including the lighting of the high school courts, and plans progressing for the Bulldog Park sporting complex, the future for Chinchilla netball looks very promising.


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