CHARLOTTE Jasprizza will represent Orange in this weekend’s HeartKids Cup. Kind of.
Jasprizza will play for Sydney-based team Baulkham Hills in the annual charity event, in all but one fixture.
Each year since the competition’s inception in 2012, Orange has played Baulkham Hills in a city versus country showdown.
For that one game, Jasprizza will play for Orange in division one. Against her adopted team.
The 17-year-old wing attack said despite being an odd situation, the decision was easy to make.
“I love playing for Orange,” she said.
“It is a bit disappointing I don’t get to play against them, but Mardi [Aplin, event organiser] made the deal with Baulkham Hills, and I’m happy playing the one game with Orange. We [Baulkham Hills] will use it as a bit of a pre-season trial before State League starts in March.”
Orange won’t just be competing in division one of this year’s HeartKids Cup. For the first time, the hosts will enter two teams with Orange (2) to play off against Canberra (2), Illawarra SMJ Transport, ACT 17s, Baulkham Hills (2) and Tuggeranong (2) for the division two title.
Western Region Academy of Sport head netball coach Trish Williams will mentor the second string side, and said she fully expects them to be competitive.
“The challenge will be bringing the girls together on the day, and working out their strengths and weaknesses the get the best out of them,” she said.
“We’re basing our competition around fun, but these girls are talented and passionate about netball. We’ll definitely be competitive.”
Play starts today at Orange PCYC at 1.15pm. Entry is $5 for spectators.