Thunder coach ‘confident’ leading into State Cup

STAR POWER: Australian Schoolgirl Annie Miller will be hoping to help lead her side to a State Cup victory. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

STAR POWER: Australian Schoolgirl Annie Miller will be hoping to help lead her side to a State Cup victory. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ORANGE Thunder coach Em Callaway says this year’s State Cup competition is a great chance for the city’s netballers to further test their credentials.

The Orange Netball Association open representative side will contest the regional league pool at the State Cup, a new competition designed to pit the best of the metro associations and regional associations against each other in order to crown a state champion.

Orange won its 21st West-Central West Regional League – formerly know as State League –  title earlier this winter, and Callaway said despite missing the likes of gun shooter Erin Johnstone, the side would be boosted by the inclusion of Australian Schoolgirls netballer Annie Miller.

Reward for a stunning finals campaign with the two blues, Hawks pair Kristin Zinga and Alice Maier have also been named in Callaway’s squad.

“It’s a great team,” the coach said.

“And to have the likes of Annie, Alice Maier and Caitlyn Harvey in there is great for the side.

“It’s a very different looking Orange team, but we couldn’t pick anyone who wasn’t part of state league this season.

“That why someone like Erin isn’t there. We’ve called on a few girls who were in the second side, but the depth of talent in Orange is so good we’re still confident of doing really well.”

The State Cup will be played over two days, Saturday and Sunday, at Netball Central at Homebush.

Orange will be joined in the regional league pool by Newcastle, Grafton, Quirindi and Hastings Valley, while Northern Suburbs, Baulkham Hills Shire, Manly Waringah, Sutherland Shire, City of Sydney and Inner Western Suburbs will contest the metro league pool.

ORANGE: Abby Tilberg, Sherryl, Selwood, Cheynoah Merchant, Tegan Dray, Kellie Watson, Annie Miller, Maddie Cole, Beth Curtin, Kristin Zinga, Alice Maier, Caitlyn Harvey.

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