Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Trials Put Hopefuls to the Test

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Trials Put Hopefuls to the Test

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Byline: STUART TURNER Sports Editor

STATE COMP

The state competition at Coffs Harbour in May will feature 16 teams from throughout NSW.

Far North Coast duo Kate Marshall and Brittany McDonald and Northern Rivers pair Jess Steele and Georgia Hart have been selected in the North Coast squad.

IT wasn't a day for faint hearts but there was no question of Nikki Connell taking it easy.

The Casino High School student was among talented young netballers staking their claim for North Coast representative honours.

The Combined High Schools trials at Byron Bay on Thursday featured some exciting action as players bid to line up alongside statewide opposition.

Nikki, 16, who was in the Northern Rivers squad containing players from schools across the region, was giving 100%.

"It's really hard," she said with a rueful grin.

"It's intense, but you keep going even though you are tired.

"We were thrown together as a team, but we have gelled together really well. …

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