Lismore Open Netball Team Sought to Make History in Baulkham Hills

June 18, 2011 by  

The Lismore Open netball team was looking to make history at the State Championships at Baulkham Hills, Australia this June. The girl's team is small but tough, and had made a name for themselves as one of the top teams to follow during the three-day netball tournament.

Still, it was an uphill battle for Lismore as they didn’t have the same resources as the larger Sydney teams that they had played against. Nonetheless, the girls remained confident they could take the Country Champions for the first time ever. In 2010, Lismore won the crown for the Division Two titles, and this year they faced stiff competition at the Division One rank.

Some of the Sydney teams boasted stronger and taller netball players who have been through the top training programs, but the Lismore girls were up for the challenge. While many of Lismore’s fans prepared themselves with banner printing in support of their team, it was up to the individual players to work together to win the tournament.

While they were determined to make 2011 a triumphant year for Lismore, the team unfortunately fell short of their goal of winning the Country Cup. One of their biggest rivals this year was Coffs Harbour, but neither team came out on top of the rankings, as Charlestown took the Country Cup and Manly Warringah won the Open Championship.

The Lismore team had youth on their side, with the oldest player being 24 and their vice-captain and goal attack/shooter just 19. However, their youth and enthusiasm wasn't enough to overcome some of the stronger teams they were up against. The gruelling tournament schedule was tough on all 35 teams in competition this year, as it involved playing 22 games over a three day period. Each game features two halves which last 14 minutes each. Lismore also sent an under-17 team to Baulkham Hills which had better luck, winning the championship for their division.