THE Year 8 netball team from Wonthaggi Secondary College has secured its second state championship in a row, an achievement never before seen at the school.
The team won the title in 2015, and entered this years’ competition with high hopes of securing a second championship.
The team consisted of Bella Anderson, Zali Anderson, Grace McRae, Gemma Thomas, Laila Kane-Di Paolo, Ellie Bates, Juliette Townsend, Lanni Pryor, Macie Gilmour and Tayla Kleeven.
Together, the team made a pact to try everything in their power to make history by becoming state champions once more.
The Netball State Championships were held at Jells Park Waverley on Monday, September 5.
The team was well prepared for the competition, after regular training sessions in the lead up to the championships against the Year 7 girls and Year 9 boys.
On the day of the competition, the Wonthaggi team won its first two matches but lost the third by just three points to Maribyrnong Sports Academy.
The team regrouped and worked on some key points as they went into the semi-final, which they won by eight.
The Wonthaggi team then came up against Maribyrnong in the final.
The girls were focused and ready to go, setting off with a good start which saw them up by three points at half time.
They then managed to hold the other team scoreless in the third, and kept the intensity up to the final siren which saw them win by eight.
Coach Gemma Dellamina said the girls should be incredibly proud of their hard work.
“These girls have all worked hard together and have played a vital role in the success of the team,” Gemma said.
“They should all be proud of the contribution they have made. I would also like to thank the parents who came and scored for the day.”