A group of Dubbo athletes have come away from the NSW Netball Senior State Titles with the best ever result for the town after the Under 15s side finished third in Liverpool over the long weekend.
Coach of the side Amy Whiteley admitted it was a surprise to finish as high as they did.
"The girls and I had discussed and were hopeful for a top five finish, exceeding that goal by finishing two goals short of the runners up position," she said.
Wagga Wagga took out the Under 15s title finishing two points clear of Eastwood Ryde in second ahead of Dubbo followed by Bathurst.
Dubbo went through the first day undefeated after wins against Callaghan, Tuggeranong, Camden, Hastings Valley and rivals Orange.
It would not be until midway through the second day when Dubbo would lose their first game with Nambucca Valley proving too strong coming out victors 21-10.
Whiteley felt the State Titles were a massive chance for the side to play against some of the best sides from NSW.
"[It was] An incredible opportunity for the girls to play some of the best netball I have seen them play," she said.
"Dubbo worked hard to earn their place, and will be one to watch in 2022."
Whiteley said the bulk of the side were extremely impressive across the three day event in which all teams played 15 games.
"Our defensive duo of Alex Sinclair and Maia Wake were tireless in their commitment to their team, playing every one of the 15 games across the weekend," she said.
"The consistency of our shooters, especially Saxbii Shaw and her unwavering strength in attacking the ball ensured the scoreline often remained positive.
"Our mid-court was lead by Makayla McKeown and Taylah Wilson, both directing play strongly down court in attack, nailing their feeds into the circle."
Personally, Whiteley is hoping to continue mentoring the next generation of players coming through and was privileged to have the opportunity to coach.
"I'm incredibly honored to head coach such a talented group of girls," she said.
"Dubbo Netball has such strong, highly accredited and committed group of coaches, many whom have played a role in shaping these young girls into the talented players they are."
"Coaching is such a rewarding role, and something I look forward to being involved in each year."
Out of their 15 matches, the Dubbo Under 15s managed to win 11 of them with three losses and a draw.
The Under 17s side also travelled to Sydney to take part in the State Titles finishing out side the top sides in ninth position with six wins, seven losses and two draws to their name.
For both the Under 17s and 15s sides, they will now return to local play when the Dubbo Netball season resumes on Saturday after having a bye round for the June long weekend.
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