After earning promotion to the Netball NSW State Titles Opens Championship off the back of a 17-1 performance in 2018, all eyes were on Westlakes all-age team as they looked to secure their spot in the top grade for another year.
The association succeeded, and went further, finishing 12th after collecting twelve points against the field of 19 teams. It wasn’t the perfect start to their Championship return, however, as they kicked their campaign off with a low-scoring 16-12 defeat at the hands of fellow Hunter association Charlestown.
From there, Westlakes found their rhythm in the top grade again, bagging two wins on the first day to set themselves up for a push away from the bottom bunch, and relegation, for 2019. In the end, the squad was able to finish a full seven places away from the drop.
It was the team’s second day that put them in good stead, as the bye-added day also saw Westlakes notched three victories. The wins against Queanbeyan, Illawarra, and Baulkham Hills moved them into the mid-table mix, while defeats to Newcastle and Hills District kept them from climbing any higher off the Sunday momentum.
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The Westlakes junior sides struggled a little more in the Campbelltown battles, with the under-17s finishing 18th in their second division campaign with a two wins and a draw to their names. The squad finished two spots above the relegation slot, however, and will keep their place in the same division heading into 2020.
The association’s 15s had a similar run in their age bracket Championships. Seven losses in a row put the squad on the back foot before they were able to claim their first victory with a 21-17 win over Baulkham Hills, and a 4-7 record to close out their Campbelltown adventure meant they were able to keep hold of their championship slot in 2019.
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