WHO WILL WIN 2014 CANTERBURY STATE LEAGUE

 

The 2014 Canterbury State League netball competition commences on Friday night (March 21) with last year’s champions Arawang aiming to win back-to-back championship titles.

 

Last year Arawang defeated Canberra 53-39 to win their first championship in three years having finished runners-up in 2011 and 2012. 

 

The Canterbury State League competition will again be fiercely contested with six teams – Arawang, Canberra, Belconnen, Queanbeyan, Tuggeranong and South Canberra all vying for local netball’s biggest prize.  

 

In an ominous warning to the rest of the teams competing in the Canterbury State League netball competition Arawang look to be stronger in 2014.  

 

The defending champions have gained the services of defender Natalie Jones (Belconnen) and goal attack Leigh Kalsbeek (Canberra).

 

There two major losses include goal shooter Alison Rigney (retired) and defender Kelsey Lee-Roberts who is having a year off as she attempts to represent Australia at this year’s Commonwealth Games in javelin.

 

The strength of Arawang’s squad is supported by a survey of rival coaches who have clearly nominated them as the team to beat.

 

While Arawang will assume the tag as competition favourites they are sure to face fierce competition.

 

Tuggeranong, who missed last year’s final series, welcome back former Australian U21 representative Keely Rodrigo, Madelaine White, Michaley Phokos and have recruited former Sydney Swift’s player Nardia McDonald.

 

Belconnen will again boast a number of current and former Canberra Darters players within their squad including Megan Kelly, Sepi Langi, Silvia Gonzalez, Peta Rogers and Megan Clowry.

 

Canberra has lost the services of goal shooter Jasmine Keene (France) and Leigh Kalsbeek (Arawang) but that has opened up opportunities for promising youngsters Jo Collis and Amy Pascoe.

 

Queanbeyan returned to the Canterbury State League competition last year and made the finals. With Lara Bowyer and Jenna Spears in their line-up they can never be underestimated.

 

That is also the case with South Canberra who will continue their rebuilding process under new coach Linda Fox. South Canberra juniors Georgia Winter, Leila Basic and Riley O’Shaughnessy are three players to watch in 2014.

 

Canterbury State League (Division One):

Date/time  Home Team     Away Team  Venue 
Round 1   
21 Mar 14 9:00PM  Belconnen Netball Association 

  v 

 

Tuggeranong Netball Association  NACT Crt1 
21 Mar 14 9:00PM  Canberra Netball Association Inc 

  v 

 

South Canberra Netball Association  NACT Crt2 
21 Mar 14 9:00PM  Arawang Netball Association 

  v 

 

Queanbeyan Netball Association  NACT Crt3 
Round 2   
23 Mar 14 5:00PM  South Canberra Netball Association 

  v 

 

Belconnen Netball Association  NACT Crt1 
23 Mar 14 5:00PM  Tuggeranong Netball Association 

  v 

 

Arawang Netball Association  NACT Crt2 
23 Mar 14 5:00PM  Queanbeyan Netball Association 

  v 

 

Canberra Netball Association Inc  NACT Crt3 
Round 3   
28 Mar 14 6:00PM  Tuggeranong Netball Association 

  v 

 

Canberra Netball Association Inc  NACT Crt1 
28 Mar 14 6:00PM  Arawang Netball Association 

  v 

 

Belconnen Netball Association  NACT Crt2 
28 Mar 14 6:00PM  South Canberra Netball Association 

  v 

 

Queanbeyan Netball Association  NACT Crt3 

 

 

 

 

 

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