Gemma Delany has helped the Riverina open girl’s netball team to a silver medal at the NSWCHS State Netball Championships held in Orange last week.
The Tumut High School Student played in a Riverina side that won eight and drew one of their ten games, with their only loss coming against eventual champions Sydney South West.
Riverina coach Jennifer Vine admitted a less than ideal preparation didn’t have her full of confidence when heading to Orange.
“It was just amazing,” Vine said.
“We didn’t train and we had to cancel our practice match because it got rained out, so I didn’t go there thinking we would do so well.
“After that first game, the girls just played so well together and I thought we might have something here, and it proved we did.”
Delany did well to be selected in the first place, with Vine highlighting just how competitive the trials were.
“We picked the team in late March, and three of the girls I had seen play two years ago, so it was a team with a lot of new talent,” Vine said.
“It was hard as I only had four hours to select a team from 70 players and it just so happened the girls gelled so well in their first match and adapted to each other’s play and worked well.”
Vine praised Delany, who was a key cog for Riverina.
“Gemma in particular worked really hard on her defensive play and really managed to get more and more intercepts as the games went on,” Vine said.
“For the smallest girl on our team, she was all over the court and rotated well throughout the middle and she added some X-factor and played really well.”
Delany will continue her netball exploits this weekend, when playing in the Tumut Netball Association under 17s team at the Hart NSW State Titles.