JUNIORS: Newcastle netball trio to play 2018 Australian Indigenous Schoolgirls Netball Championships

ACROSS THE COURT: Newcastle 12-year-old trio Chloe Pattison, Jillarnie Ahoy and Tyra Jarrett will represent the under-14 NSW Echidnas at the the 2018 National Indigenous Netball Championships. Picture: Josh Callinan
ACROSS THE COURT: Newcastle 12-year-old trio Chloe Pattison, Jillarnie Ahoy and Tyra Jarrett will represent the under-14 NSW Echidnas at the the 2018 National Indigenous Netball Championships. Picture: Josh Callinan

NEWCASTLE trio Chloe Pattison, Jillarnie Ahoy and Tyra Jarrett cover the entire netball court and next year they will combine their skills on the national stage.

The goal defender, goal attack and centre have been picked in the under-14 NSW Echidnas squad to contest the Australian Indigenous Schoolgirls Netball Championships on the Gold Coast in January (3-7). 

They impressed selectors in their respective positions at trials held at the University of Newcastle in October before being named in the 20-player squad last week. 

It followed on directly from the annual three-day NSW Koori Netball Tournament at Charlestown with Pattison, Ahoy and Jarrett joining forces to make the under-15 semi-finals with Koti-Ta Connections. 

They are also part of the Newcastle under-13 representative squad.

Fern Bay-based Pattison plays juniors for Wests while Cardiff South’s Ahoy and Wallsend’s Jarrett team up for The Junction.

* MACQUARIE College’s Sienna Eve has been named in the NSW Primary School Sports Association squad to play nationals in January following the girls cricket championships at Maitland last week. Kate McTaggart of The Junction was announced in the state invitational team.

* THE nation’s best junior players will be on display at Newcastle International Hockey Centre next year with the venue to host the 12-years-and-under School Sport Australia Championships in August (12-17). 

* HUNTER Sports High School under-15 boys’ basketball team claimed bronze at the NSW CHS Championships last week after defeating Westfields in the third-place play-off.    

* TRIALS for next year’s inaugural Newcastle Knights’ Tarsha Gale Cup nine-a-side under-18 girls’ squad kick-off at Berkeley Vale on Saturday.