Netball tyros star in Bankstown

Wednesday, 26th September, 2012

Broken Hill goal shooter Georgie Rogers takes aim in the 17- and-under netball clash against Bankstown during the Sister City Sporting Exchange on Monday. Broken Hill goal shooter Georgie Rogers takes aim in the 17- and-under netball clash against Bankstown during the Sister City Sporting Exchange on Monday.

Broken Hill's junior netballers have made a winning debut at the 2012 Sister City Sporting Exchange at Bankstown in Sydney, showing the way for their more experienced teammates in the process.

Competing at the annual sporting tournament for the first time, the Under-13 team scored back-to-back victories to grab the only success for Broken Hill on the opening day of competition.

The BH juniors defeated Bankstown 8-3 in the opening match and dominated the later encounter with a 14-7 score line.

"The girls, particularly the young ones, are really enjoying the experience," said Netball Coordinator Sheree Quinn.

"Most of the juniors are only 11 and 12 years old, so to win both matches was a terrific effort from our youngest players."

The news wasn't as good for Broken Hill's 16-and-under side which lost all three games on the first day. BH was defeated 8-18, 15-39 and 19-22.

"We saw a big improvement from our players the longer the day went and the closeness of the final result augers well for the next round (being played today)," Ms Quinn said.

The 17-and-under team netball team also failed to register a win on day one, losing 15-24 and 21-48.

The four BH cricket teams competing at the Sister City Sporting Exchange also found Bankstown a formidable opponent, with the Sydneysiders
completing the opening day with a 5-0 clean sweep.

The Year 10/11 side put up a brave fight, scoring a competitive 7/195 with Louis Gilby (59 not out) and Kyle Jelbert (32) the best with the bat.

But Bankstown reeled in the score, posting 5/196 despite Keenan Hywood and Jarred Bright each grabbing two wickets.

Year 9 bowler Austin Ferguson was another to star on day one - snaring the impressive figures of 3/1 - but the BH batsmen struggled and could only manage 8/35, chasing Bankstown's tally of 8/98.

In the second match, Taite Cowley (11 runs) helped steer BH to a more respectable 8/55, but Bankstown was again to strong, reaching 4/77.

In the Year 7/8 clash, a fighting 40-run partnership between Nash Mitchell and Evan Ferguson kept BH in the hunt as they attempted to chase down Bankstown's total of 155, but BH was eventually dismissed for 112.

The Year 5/6 clash was also dominated by Bankstown who made 4/92 before bowling out BH for 83.

After yesterday's leisure activities - which included a visit to Jamberoo Adventure Park near Wollongong - the second day's play in the Sister City Sporting Exchange starts this morning, followed by the final day of competition tomorrow.