Boarder girls help Immanuel College dominate netball and basketball state championship titles

Immanuel College's commitment to girls netball and basketball was rewarded last month with high-performance squads in both netball and basketball taking out three state titles in the School Sport SA Knockout State Championships.

In a testament to the strength of country sport in SA, 16 of the girls across the three high-performance teams (Open A Netball, 10 Academy Netball and Open A Basketball) hail from country SA.

The State Champion Open A Netball side featured Immanuel boarders and Port Lincoln locals Gretta Kennedy and Victoria Henderson who worked the ground hard in defence using high hands to ensure delivery came as far away from the target as possible both gaining important defensive touches along the way.

As the youngster in the Open A team, reliable finisher Madi Allen (Year 10) from Cleve took great responsibility to share the shooting load in goals.

The Open A Netball girls showed resilience and spirit coming from behind in three out of four games to win the grand final 44-40 at the State Knockout Championship.

"Our full-court defensive pressure wore the opposition down," said coach Sarah Vidmar (Angove) who is a current Premier League assistant coach and former State and National League player.

Immanuel's 10 Academy team, made up of the best Year 8, 9 and 10 netballers also finished top on the state winning the grand final with a convincing 36-17 win.

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Immanuel has won five State Knockout Netball titles in the Open A division since 2010, including four titles in the last six campaigns.

Immanuel has more than 230 students in its netball program which recognises that girls play sport for many different reasons.

Professionalism is bumped up in high-performance teams with specialist coaches at the top of their game supporting girls to be the best they can be.

Immanuel College has a rich history in netball, with many old scholars as current and former national level players including current Australian Diamonds and Sydney Swifts player Sarah Klau, current Adelaide Thunderbirds players Hannah Petty, Cody Lange and Maisie Nankivell, and current Thunderbirds training partners Emily Burgess and Year 12 netball talent Georgie Horjus (Kangaroo Island).

Former Australian players Natalie and Laura von Bertouch and Lauren Nourse sit proudly in Immanuel's sports hall of fame.

In Immanuel basketball, the Open A Girls coached by Bendigo Spirit head coach and former Adelaide 36ers assistant coach Tracy York, have taken out back to back State Championships.

Last year they won the silver medal at the National Championships grand final and head back to Nationals later this year to hopefully go one better and take out the National title.

The team boasts a depth of basketball talent including U17 Australian squad member and Premier League player Gabi Vidmar and Bella Stratford who has signed with the Bendigo Spirit in the WNBL for the 2019/20 season.

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