The selection of three former Sovereigns in Victoria’s 17/under team for next year’s National Netball Championships underlines the healthy state Ballarat netball is in.
Poppy Douglass, Charlotte Todd and Maggie Caris were selected in the side that will represent the state in the National Netball Championships in Brisbane in April next year.
Of the trio, it is perhaps most exciting for Todd – who will have the chance to represent her state for the first time. The mid-courter impressed for the Sovereigns 19/under side in the Victorian Netball League. Her and Douglass, whose paths have followed similar tracks over the years, were also part of Brown Hill’s triumphant Athlete’s Foot Cup team a fortnight ago.
Former Sovereigns coach Kerry Lightfoot said it was a great reward for effort.
“This is her first opportunity to represent Victoria,” Lightfoot said.
“That big door is now open for her, so that’s fantastic. She’s really focused on her netball this season...I’m glad she has, because it’s really paid dividends.”
Douglass, who plays in goal attack, is playing beyond her years – the 15-year-old selected as a bottom-ager.
“She’s displaced some big netball names to get in the team.”
Caris, who is from Horsham, has long been among the state’s top players – excelling in goal keeper and goal shooter.