Sisters are doing it for themselves (and their club)

May 15, 2017

Georgia, Jess and Hollie Davidson.

Hollie Davidson collides with her opponent during the 2017 AFL Victoria Community Championships Murray FNL v Wimmera FNL 15 and under netball. Photo by Luke Hemer.

THE name Davidson is synonymous with Echuca United Netball Club.

This year sisters Georgia, Hollie and Jess Davidson made it into the junior Murray interleague sides representing the under 13, under 15 and under 17 respectively.

Georgia and Hollie turned out for their respective teams on the weekend while Jess was away for the Murray Football Netball League match against Wimmera Football Netball League in the interleague round at Moama Recreation Reserve.

The junior Murray league teams began preparations in January when the first of three try-outs was held at Numurkah with three girls from each club nominated for every age group at the end of the 2016 season.

The girls missed the first tryout but were each chosen by the coaches in the squads of 12 out of more than 50 girls to play in the teams.

Echuca United’s Tanner Edwards (under 17), Phoebe Poole (under 15) and Gemma Godfrey (under 15) were also selected in the teams.

‘‘To have us all chosen in the squad was good,’’ the youngest sister Georgia said.

‘‘This is the first time we’ve all been in Murray league representative teams at the same time.’’

It was Georgia’s first year in interleague, while Hollie and Jess had both played every year since under 13s, as had the other United players.

The first time the three girls would be able to play in the same team would be open and until then there wasn’t any sibling rivalry.

The junior interleague season has been building up to the major tournament in Albury on June 4 when all the teams in the North-Eastern Region will compete for the title of best in the state.

‘‘I think all our teams have a fair chance of doing well at Albury,’’ Georgia said.

‘‘It’s been great seeing how all the other girls in the league play and meeting new people.’’

Georgia and Hollie made it to the semi finals in Wodonga on April 30 as part of the under 13 and under 15 sides while Jess’ under 17 team made the semi final at Wangaratta on April 24.

Saturday’s interleague round against Wimmera was a good chance for each of the teams to try different combinations ahead of the final tournament.

And while Jess missed the under 17 game there was still one Davidson representing the team with Hollie sitting on the bench after playing in the under 15s.

Georgia hoped to follow in her older sisters’ steps and continue to play interleague through each age level.

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