WAGGA netball has proven it's emerged from a tough COVID period in strong shape after the under-15 and under-17 teams both took out NSW state title division two honours in Sydney over the long weekend.
Both sides lost just one game in finishing top of the tree in the round-robin three day tournament, with the 17s finishing with a 16-1 record and the 15s 14-1.
The under-15s result means they will step up to the championship division in 17s next year, where they will take on strong Sydney sides.
Wagga's juniors were deprived of regular netball last year and slipped back to division two as a result, but showed they're of championship division quality with the top two teams earning promotion.
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The under-17's only defeat was a 23-21 loss to runners-up Bathurst on Sunday, while the under-15s bounced back well from a day two loss to Dubbo.
"Due to COVID and a lack of games a lot of the country teams played division two. We just hadn't had enough netball to be playing against those top Sydney teams, who had a lot of netball compared to us last year," under-17s coach and Wagga Netball president Rosemary Clarke said.
"They weren't relegated due to talent, we just hadn't had the netball last year and it was an amazing effort from both teams.
"It's always the aim for any of the netballers out here at Wagga to play division one. It is quite an honour to play up there."
Under-15s head coach Amanda McLachlan praised her team's mental strength in getting the job done, and said earning a shot at the championship division will give them a chance to showcase their talent.
"We dropped one game on Saturday against Dubbo, but they regrouped and picked themselves up which was great," McLachlan said.
"For a country town to have both 15s and 17s win shows the netball down here is at a high standard, and we do have some quality players here too.
"It's extremely important (to play championship division). We want our kids to be seen and looked at by selectors and by playing against the best in NSW, it gives them a chance to be noticed."
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