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Rams in rep squad

By Jamie Lowe

Seven Deniliquin Rams netballers have gained selection in Murray Netball League representative squads.

Ella Harvey, Molly Shaw and Georgina Mildren will play in the Under 17s squad; while Chloe Brown, Chloe Way and Annie Harvey will line-up in the Under 15s.

Emma Parks is the only Rams player to have gained selection in the Under 13s squad.

Emma had an outstanding year as a bottom-age U13 player last year, proving to be an agile speedy mid-courter.

The U15s trio were all part of the undefeated 2019 premiership side; while the three U17s girls were in the 2018 U15s squad who finished as undefeated premiers.

Rams netball coordinator Meagan Rodda said it was the most successful year for the club when it came to representative selection.

‘‘In my time at the club this would be the most girls we’ve had named for the rep squads,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re all excited and pleased for the girls, as this is a great opportunity to play at a high level.

‘‘It opens up pathways for them with their netball where they can be picked for talent programs and netball academies.

‘‘It also gives the girls the opportunity to be coached by someone different who may be able to help develop them in different ways.

‘‘There’s also a lot of benefit even for those who went to try-outs and were not selected, with the extra experience and knowledge they have gained.’’

The Murray Netball League teams will play in three tournaments around the region before competing at the Netball Victoria Association Championships.

The tournament will be held in Albury on May 17.

‘‘All games at the tournaments are made up of seven minute halves,’’ Rodda said.

‘‘The girls play up to 10 games a day at the tournaments, so it is quite a challenging task.

‘‘With the shorter halves the game is played at a quicker pace and with the level of talent it takes a lot of effort to play in these tournaments.”