ST MARY’S Primary School has proved themselves to have one of the top school netball teams in NSW.
On Wednesday the Years five and six netball team lined up in the inaugural Netball NSW Schools Cup finals, where they finished fourth.
The tournament was open to all schools in NSW and it attracted of 2,500 participants.
St Mary’s principal Kerrie Basha said the girls were outstanding.
“We’re still on a high,” Basha said.
St Mary’s qualified for the state finals by taking out the West-Central West region title in July.
The girls didn’t disappoint on Wednesday, finishing on top of their pool with wins against St Patrick’s Albury (17-12) and Wee Waa (33-1), before a tight 24-22 loss to Belair.
In the semi-final, St Mary’s went up against Jerrabomberra, with the Orange side edged out 18-13.
This meant St Mary’s played off for third place against St Patrick’s.
In a thrilling game, the two sides were locked at 18-all at the end of regulation time.
They played a further two seven-minute halves and St Patrick’s came out on top 27-24.
“It was very exciting. They were exhausted,” Basha said.
Netball NSW Central West coordinator and Orange representative Mardi Aplin was at the event and was impressed with the St Mary’s girls.
“They did their region proud. It’s the first time this competition has been run, so they did so well,” Aplin said.
Casino West went on to win the state title, beating Jerrabomberra 19-16 in the grand final.
The fourth place topped off a great year for the St Mary’s netballers, who also finished third in the NSW Catholic Schools Cup.
“We’re very excited we’ve had these opportunities this year,” Basha said.
“Plus with these two opportunities, we’ve done well. It was a lovely lift for the girls.”