Success for WA young guns at 15U State School Girls

West Australian 15U State Schoolgirl Brooke Repacholi has been named in the All Australian Schoolgirls team,  following the conclusion of the Pacific School Games – School Sport Australia National Netball Championships held in Adelaide. The 15 year old from the South West town of Australind is a member of the 18U Souwest Jets team that plays in the West Australian Netball League (WANL), and also plays for Harvey, Brunswick, Leschnault (HBL) in the South West Footy Netty League and is a South West Academy of Sport Scholarship athlete.

Brooke is the younger sister of Jess Repacholi who was named in the 17U Australian Squad following her performance at the National Netball Championships in April this year. Additionally, Jess is a WAIS Scholarship holder and West Coast Fever Academy Athlete.

Brooke turned the heads of the Australian Selectors after her strong performances, particularly in the Wing Defence position.

State School Girl team mate Sarah Burton was named in the All Australian Team Shadow Squad. Burton, who turns 15 in December, is a member of the 18U Coastal Sharks team and Tingara Netball Club at Fremantle Netball Association.

Kennedy Tupaea also a member of the 18U Souwest Jets team won the coveted Amy Safe (Gillett) Award for the WA team. One athlete from each team receives this award and the voting for this prestigious award is done by the players from each of the teams. The Award is in honour of Amy who was tragically killed in a cycling accident overseas when representing Australia at the World Cycling Championships. As a 15-year-old she was asked what were the characteristics of a top sportsperson should be and she answered “Determination, ambition to succeed, ability to accept decisions and after any failures continue on.”

The West Australian 15U State Schools Girls Team defeated ACT 34 – 23 in the finals to finish fifth at the competition, with the 12U side also finishing in the same position alongside the Australian Budgies Team.

WA Umpires also displayed strong performances at the 15U National Netball Championships with 17 year old umpire Capri Di Candilo and 16 year old umpire Tahlia Bennett, both B Badged umpires being rewarded with finals matches. Candilo was allocated the Bronze medal match between South Australia and Queensland and Bennett the 7 v 8 Finals match between Northern Territory and Tasmania.