WA’s Marie Little OAM Shield team returns home

Western Australia’s Marie Little OAM Shield team has finished fifth at this year’s competition, held at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre over the weekend.

The side continued to show improvement, finishing one spot higher than last year, beating the Northern Territory in the play off match.

After tough games against competition fancies South Australia and eventual premiers New South Wales, the side broke through for their first victory against the Northern Territory on the first day of the competition.

WA finished Day 1 with a tough match against Victoria, before falling narrowly short to hosts Queensland.

The second day of competition saw the second round of fixtures played out, with WA recording the same results as Day 1, including another close match against Queensland.

Head Coach Jaime-Leigh Strickland said she was proud of the way her side played.

“Netball wise we doubled our score from last year, you can see the progression over the two days of games so that was really nice to see that as a coach,” Strickland said.

“With the minimum age being 16, there’s a couple of kids we’ve got our eye on for the future, hopefully associations can get on board and get players playing so that they can get to that pathway.”

Netball WA General Manager of Community Netball, Liz Booth, congratulated the side on their campaign.

“The Marie Little OAM Shield is an incredible event, and it’s fantastic to hear the wonderful stories that have come out of this year’s event,” Booth said.

“The event is much more than the netball; it’s about making friends and having new experiences, so it’s wonderful for our athletes to compete each year.”

“On behalf of Netball WA, I offer my sincere congratulations to Jaime-Leigh, her coaching and support staff and her athletes on another wonderful Marie Little OAM Shield, and they should be incredibly proud of their achievements and the way they represented our State.”