Woopi make waves at State
The Lions Club Woolgoolga District Netball Association sent two teams to the 2016 State Netball Championships last weekend in Newcastle. An U17 and an Opens team represented Woopi and the results the teams achieved were outstanding.
The U17s contested the Division 2 competition and despite half of the team being a year younger the girls stepped up beautifully. Following 21 games and with wins over the likes of Hills District, Bathurst, City of Sydney, Hastings Valley and Queanbeyan and an unlucky draw with 2nd placed Great Lakes the Woopi team finished in a highly creditable 9th position. For a team which only came together this year it was a great result.
The remarkable story of the Championships though must surely be the achievement of the Woopi Opens team. Playing in the Open Division 1 Championship meant the girls were pitted against the best of the best... the best Open teams in NSW. Teams from Associations whose numbers of registered players are greater than the entire population of Woolgoolga like Manly Warringah, Randwick, Ku-ring-gai and Newcastle.
With 20 grueling games ahead the team began the first day with a big loss to Newcastle and an unlucky one goal loss to Charlestown. Another loss in Rd4 to Randwick had Woopi on the back foot and with a big mountain to climb. Undaunted by this the Woopi girls won 11 of their remaining 16 games to surge up the ladder. These fantastic results included wins over powerhouse associations like Wyong, Woy Woy, Baulkham Hills, Northern Suburbs, Lismore and Campbelltown.
This great performance in recording 12 wins saw Woolgoolga finish the Championships in a magnificent 7th place and second only to Hastings Valley as the highest placed country team.
"It was wonderful seeing all of these great girls representing Woopi at this massive event and they all did themselves and our association proud." president Sandra Thorpe said. "The great results achieved by both teams is a fantastic bonus and Woopi Netball have well and truly marked our spot on the netball map. To see our Opens cement their position as the 7th best team in NSW is just so awesome!"
Woolgoolga's U17s were represented by Olivia Stuart (C), Lani Goodman (VC), Caitlyn Stuart, Abby Nudd, Matisse Herdegen, Mackinley Taylor, Maia Berry, Georgie Blaikie, Summah Daly and Logen Mullane. Coach Mark Jones and Manager Robyn Barton
Woopi's Opens were, Jasmine Rimene (C), Tegan Denniss (VC), Hollie Atchison, Bree Rooney, Lyndsay Dorney, Heidi Dalton, Ellie Johnson, Amanda Tutty, Amanda Guthrie, Maddie Soper, Ruby Spagnolo and Melissa Young. Coach Alana Forster and Manager Nicole Grant
Woopi make waves at State