THREE Shoalhaven netballers will fight it out against the best in the state next week for the NSW CHS Championships.
Shoalhaven High School’s Tamika Smith, Nowra High School’s Lucy Rigney and Bomaderry High School’s Rachel Malley were all selected after impressing at a trial for the South Coast team.
The girls will travel to Coffs Harbour from May 27 to 29 to play 10 full games over the three days in the hope of being crowned the NSW CHS Champions.
A NSW team will also be selected from the competition.
Malley, 17, is excited to play in her first CHS tournament after transferring from St Johns the Evangelist High School to Bomaderry High School at the start of the year.
However she is no stranger to the CHS environment, with her National C umpiring certificate allowing her to umpire in the competition for the last two years, including some of the South Coast team’s games.
“I have watched it so many times it will be nice to finally play,” she laughed.
“It’s a really great tournament because there are a lot of talented players. You get to come up against girls who are benching for the Swifts,” she said.
The South Coast team will be almost brand new after nearly all of the previous team graduated high school in 2013.
“It’s a really young team and there are not many year 12s at all,” Malley said.
“But I think we will be ok. I don’t think we will win, but I think we can take it to some of the big teams.
“We will just play our best and see what happens.”