INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS FOR GGS NETBALLERS

Allie Smith (Yr10 A) and Tayla Honey (Yr12 Ga) have both represented Australia in Netball at underage level in 2015: Allie at Under 15 level with School Sport Australia and Tayla at Under 19 level.

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Allie flew to Kuala Lumpur at the beginning of May to represent School Sport Australia in the International Schoolgirls Challenge, in which the team qualified for the final before losing to New Zealand 27-21. The opposition ranged from an Indigenous School Sport Australia team to squads selected from Sri Lanka and Malaysia. The only loss suffered during the Challenge, prior to the final, was against Aotearoa - from the North Island of New Zealand - in a tight affair which finished in a two-goal win for the Kiwis.

For Allie, although slightly disappointed to come home with silver, the tournament was still a fantastic experience. "The highlight of the trip would have to be playing off for gold in the grand final with such good teammates by my side," she reflected. "Travelling to Kuala Lumpur (to play netball) was a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Next on the agenda for Allie is the Australian Under 15 Championships in August. Having won silver and made the team of the tournament at last year's Championships, Allie only has one thing on her mind approaching this year's tournament. "I hope this year we will be coming home with gold medals around our necks."

Tayla was part of the victorious Australia Green team at an Under-19 Trans-Tasman tournament in May. Two Australian teams (Green and Gold) took on a New Zealand Secondary Schools select team and the Aotearoa Maori Under 19 side. Tayla's Australia Green won four and lost two - the same as the NZSS - but won the tournament due to a superior percentage. Tayla recorded 23 goal assists to rank in the top 20 at the tournament, with only eight turnovers across the six fixtures.

 

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