Inverell's junior netballers are coming off a very successful Junior State Titles in Penrith last weekend, where two out of their three teams finished in the top 10.
Inverell Netball Association entered under-12s, under-13s and under-14s teams into the Division 4 Junior State Titles at Penrith District Netball Association's netball courts, going up against 19 other clubs from all across the state.
The under-12s, coached by Kaitlin Driscoll and assistant Haylee Wyndham, competed in the tournament for the first time and enjoyed a fantastic weekend, winning 14 of their 19 games en route to a sixth place finish.
"That was amazing for the first year that they've gone," Inverell Netball Association assistant state titles convenor Laurel McInnes said.
"They did really well with their coach Kaitlin and Haylee the assistant."
McInnes said it was a particularly great effort given it was their first time competing in the state titles and playing three days in a row.
"You don't normally do that, you realise how much more difficult that is. They've done really well," she said.
The under-13s went into the weekend with a different looking team to the one who competed at last year's state titles, as well as a new coach in Cammy Alliston, who was assiseted by Sherrie Finney.
They finished 17th, but McInnes said they went better than expected, with a number of games being particularly close.
"Just because you had more losses doesn't mean they weren't close," she said.
"Cammy kepy saying 'we were competitive.'"
The under-14s, coached by Teena Myler, were hoping for a top 10 finish with only one player change from last year's team that finished 13th.
The team went on to win 12 games and finished in seventh position, having to deal with tough conditions and injuries.
"They stepped up really well," McInnes said.
"It was a bit hard with the conditions, with the rain and the fog and wet courts. It was hard going.
"On the last day they had an ankle injury, and then a broken elbow, and were suddenly down to eight players.
"The girls had to step up and hold on and they held on and went from eighth up to seventh on the last day. Teena was very excited."
All in all, it was a fantastic experience for everyone involved.
"There were different ups and downs, because it's a hard three days to keep going," McInnes said.
"At the end they were all definitely very happy with themselves. They all thoroughly enjoyed it."
McInnes wanted to thank all the players, coaches and parents, as well as two members of the Inverell under-15s netball team, Charlotte Mozzell and Jessica Partridge who umpired across the weekend.
"Both girls did the association, themselves and their families very proud umpiring in testing conditions over the three days for the first time," she said.