An Aztecs Little Stars indoor netballer looks for support during the Junior State Championships at the Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre over the weekend.
An Aztecs Little Stars indoor netballer looks for support during the Junior State Championships at the Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre over the weekend. Rob Williams

Ipswich contingent prepare for national junior titles

HAVING watched the number of Junior State Championship teams grow from 60 to 98, national coach Leah Ala-Outinen is encouraged by the development of her sport.

However, she was especially thrilled to see Ipswich host another successful championships where the talent was spread across multiple age groups.

The latest Indoor Netball Federation of Queensland-backed titles concluded on Sunday with state junior teams selected.

After impressing at the Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre, the state representatives will contest the junior nationals at Springwood at the end of November.

Fresh from a successful tour to South Africa as a first-time national coach, Ala-Outinen will guide the Queensland 12 years Sparks side at the national titles.

Her manager will be Kellie Moran.

Ipswich player Kirsten-Lupe Tanielu was chosen in the Sparks side.

Other Ipswich representatives selected for the junior nationals are: 12 years Blaze - player Chantel Hastie. Shadow player: Aldora Tuilaepa.

16 Mixed Flames: Player Ethan Robinson. Coach Lily Eurera.

16 Mixed Lightning: Player Cooper Ward. Shadow player: Breyden Lemusu.

14 years Fever: Players Shaia Tatua, Danae Hastie. Shadow: Keeley McNamara.

Kate Pedley was chosen as an umpire from Ipswich to attend the nationals.

State players will start training on Sunday.

As co-manager of the Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre, Ala-Outinen was delighted to see so many young players harnessing their skills over the four-day tournament.

"Everything went really really smoothly,'' she said.

"We've been running it for eight years. Each year, it's grown by about 10-15 teams.

"The standard is still there. It's still at a fairly high level.''

Among the most competitive Ipswich teams were Thunder and Suns.

Thunder lost 21-15 to Lil Sistarz in the 12 years semi-final. The Suns were beaten by Ozferns 24-19 in the 16 years mixed competition semi-final.



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