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What a big week for netballers from across the Hunter

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What a week of netball for Hunter Netball.

Monday night saw Hunter Netball 2 take to the court against Sutherland Shire 2 in Round 4 of the Netball NSW DOOLEY’s Metro League competition at Netball Central Homebush.

This was a tight game right from the first quarter, Hunter Netball was down by 4 goals at the end of Q1 with the score line of 10 goals to 6 goals. The team really took on quarter 2 as a new opportunity taking the lead by 1 goal at the half time break Hunter 17 to Sutherland 16.

Coach Lexi Unicombe was really pleased with the defensive pressure they put to Sutherland across the entire court for the remainder of the second half.

At full time even the final whistle couldn’t separate the two teams with a 33 all draw. Lexi said after the game that the team continue to take steps forward in the first 4 weeks with such tight score lines. The team is really improving its match play each week the wins will come, and tonight’s results show just how close we are.

Hunter Netball 2 will take on Baulkham Hills next Monday.

Hunter Netball 1 had a tough night at Netball Central on Thursday evening up against the ladder leaders Hawkesbury City 1. After a close first quarter Hunter Netball trailed by just two goals 9 to 7 but despite their efforts the lead stretched out at half time with Hawkesbury City taking an 8-goal lead 23 to 15.

It was a very hard fast physical game tonight up against an older and more experience experienced team. There was however some great progress shown by Hunter Netball tonight putting into action their game plays. This experience and smart play be Hawkesbury City really shown through in the second half with the final score blowing out to 44 to 25.

Whilst the score line was bigger than we would have like the determination of the girls continued throughout the entire game.

We will head home, re group and be ready to take on Blacktown City next Thursday night.

Hunter Netball Opens Men’s team started their preparations for the Netball NSW HART Senior State Titles which will see boys and men included in the State Title competitions for the first year in 2022. This is a great step forward for netball and we are looking forward to being part of the HART Senior State Titles over two big days of netball on the June long weekend. Hunter Netball will be up against Illawarra, Inner West, Kurri Kurri and Liverpool City which will see them take on each of the teams twice over the two days, with the first past the post over the two days declared the winners.

Hunter Netball has also had the opportunity to showcase their plans for an Indoor Netball facility that would benefit all Hunter Associations, and continue to progress grassroots to elite netball pathways in the Hunter with state and federal members (and candidates) through out this week. There has been really strong interest in growing elite netball pathways across the Hunter and this facility would really be a game changer for athletes across the Hunter and Central Coast.

It has also been a big week for Hunter local and athlete with Central Coast Heart Premier League team member, and Netball NSW 17U athlete Hope White who was this week

named in the Netball Australia 2022/23 Australian 17U squad.

This selection announcement comes off the back of last week’s talented filled 2022 National Netball Championships in Hobart, which saw hundred of emerging athletes compete for the Championship Titles in the 17U and 19U age groups. Another Hunter local Brooke Rooney also played as part of the NSW 17U team with Hope and Brooke experiencing that winning feeling not dropping a single game over the full week competition.

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