While the Matildas were making football history, ERC was also contributing to a little local sporting history by participating in the inaugural CCC State Netball Championships for boys.
Held in Penrith, the CCC State Netball Championships has always been a highly competitive event for female secondary students, and this year the competition was opened to males.
ERC’s Junior Team comprised of students in Year 8 and 9 who played against various schools including Rosebank College, St John’s Nowra, St John’s College Dubbo, De La Salle College in Caringbah and St Matthew’s College Mudgee. The team managed one win against some very drilled teams.
Year 11 students took on the Open Division and played against Rosebank College, St Joseph’s Albion Park, St John’s Nowra and St John’s Dubbo. The team also managed one win.
While the students struggled to understand the intricacies of rules around contact, obstruction and footwork, their enthusiasm for participating in a new game is to be applauded. The ERC boys are also to be commended for their sportsmanship, which was acknowledged by several umpires who commented on our students’ shaking hands with their opponents and the umpires after their games.
Special thanks to Ms Jade Roper and Ms Barbara Guest for helping manage and ‘coach’ the teams on the day, and Victoria Guest for assisting with the umpiring.
It’s exciting to see men’s netball growing in popularity, and hopefully ERC can continue to be a part of the competition.