Some of Orange's most promising young netballers have shone on the court to help guide their side to its best showing in over a decade while competing against some of the best young netball stars in the state.
Milly Wilcox, Tabua Tuinakauvadra, Poppy Keegan and Haegan Boland spearheaded the NSW Combined High School Sport Association's Western side, which finished equal fifth out of the 11 regions across NSW which travelled to Sydney for the tournament.
The event ran from May 6-8 in Sydney, with Parkes' Annalise Maier - who plays in the Orange competition - also taking the court.
Blayney goal keeper Taylor Hobby made her debut at CHS level, and walked into the side without knowing any of her teammates-to-be.
It was a lot quicker than what I'm used to, but I picked a lot up.Taylor Hobby
However, under the tutelage and guidance of Orange High School's Tegan Dray, who's a stalwart of the Orange competition, the side achieved it's best result in over a decade.
Western defeated North Coast, Sydney East, South Coast, West Darling and Riverina in the first two days before a win and a loss on the final day.
Hobby said she enjoyed the change to shine at a higher level.
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"It was a lot quicker than what I'm used to, but I picked a lot up," she said.
The defender, who plays either goal keeper or goal defence, said the tournament was great experience, with her teammates and Dray "really supportive".
"I learnt lots of stuff which I can hopefully bring back to Blayney," she said.
The year 10 student at Blayney High School is hoping she'll be able to make the side again next year and continue her development on the court.
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