ORANGE High’s open girls’ netball side is used to taking on senior opponents in the Orange Netball Association division one competition.
Today and tomorrow the High A girls will be going up against players their own age in the 2013 NSW Combined High Schools Netball Knockout in Sydney.
The top 16 sides from around the state have qualified for the two-day carnival to play for the Teachers Mutual Bank Shield.
The sides are divided into two pools of eight and will play a round robin today within their pools, before tomorrow’s play-offs.
“Our goal is to get into the top eight,” High A coach Tegan Dray said.
“We’ve got a couple of tough games on Tuesday against Westfield Sports High and Endeavour Sports High. We’ve also played a couple of other teams in our pool before and they were tough games.”
Orange High has been drawn in Pool A with Westfield Sports High, Endeavour Sports High, Murray High, Merewether High, Sydney North 1, Winmalee High and Dapto High.
The other pool is made up of The Hills Sports High, Karabar High, Inverell High, Woolooware High, Warners Bay, North Coast, Bossley Park High and Sydney North 2.
Today’s game will be played over two 13-minute halves.
After the round robin games, the top four sides in each pool will play-off tomorrow for the top eight positions.
The remaining eight sides will play-off for positions nine to 16.
Wednesday’s games will be full length.
A boost for the Orange girls is the tournament will be played at the Menai Indoor Sports Centre.
“We’ll be playing indoors instead of outdoors like we have in the past,” Dray said.
“The girls are looking forward to playing indoor because we’re well and truly used to that now.”
The side has no shortage of motivation after being edged out by one goal by Royal Hawks in last Saturday’s ONA division one minor semi-final.
Dray said her players had recovered from the loss and were now keen to perform well against the state’s best school sides.