Kurri Kurri Netball Association will be bringing silver back from Campbelltown, after a strong campaign from their under-15s finished just inches behind West Wyalong in the NSW Senior State Titles fourth division for their age bracket.
The young squad started their tournament well, chalking up an undefeated opening day with just a single 16-all draw against Mount Druitt denying them the clean sweep. In fact, it wasn’t until mid-way through the second day that the girls in blue and red fell in a match.
Gilgandra (10-1-7) was the first to bump the Kurri stars over, ousting the eventual runners-up 21-13. The squad bounced back with two straight wins over Armidale (19-10) and Yass (22-12), before falling to Mount Druitt 19-15 in their repeat matchup on Sunday.
The third and final day was a strong one for Kurri as well, as they opened their accounts with wins over Parkes, Narrabri – a 30-5 shellacking for the young girls – Goulburn, and Narrandera. A critical loss to West Wyalong, who eventually beat Kurri in the race to first place on goal difference, was all that marred the team’s performances.
They closed their tournament out with a 21-16 win over Gilgandra as the association opens and under-17s watched on from the sideline, claiming revenge for their first loss and securing a second place finish. It wasn’t enough, however, to take the top spot. West Wyalong claimed first off their superior point difference of 8.66% to 8.59%.
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Kurri’s opens grade had a difficult campaign in Campbelltown, finishing last in the Championship with a 0-17 record. The last-place finish will see them drop into the second division for the 2020 tournament, likely to be replaced by Ulladulla or fellow Hunter association Maitland, who placed first and second in Division 2.
The under-17s finished the weekend with two wins and three draws. They finished tenth in the State Titles fourth division for their age bracket.
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