Australian under-17 netball selection Megan Jahnes (left) and umpire Hetty Cochrane
Australian under-17 netball selection Megan Jahnes (left) and umpire Hetty Cochrane

Netballers bound for New Zealand

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE BAGS are being packed and the passports stamped for Curtis Coast Dolphins player Megan Jahnes and experienced umpire Hetty Cochrane who are heading to New Zealand next month.

Sixteen-year-old goal shooter Jahnes has been picked in the Australian under-17 team for the Combined Australian Netball Association (CANA) series, while Cochrane will be one of the referee's in charge.

Jahnes was selected for the Australian team on the back of her outstanding form at the CANA championships held in Gladstone in October.

She cannot wait for the chance to play for her country in the land of the long white cloud.

"I can't wait to get over and play, it is a big honour to play for your country and hopefully I can perform well,'' Jahnes said.

Megan is the third Curtis Coast Dolphins player to play for the green and gold and believes she is ready to handle the step up.

"I am excited to be part of the team and I hope I can handle that level,'' she said.

It is a big trip for Cochrane, who is creating history as the first referee from the association to officiate at international level.

"The opportunity to referee at an international level is one you do not get much and it was far too good for me to pass up,'' Cochrane said.

Cochrane has been a long-time referee in both the Gladstone and Curtis Coast associations and is very popular within the ranks.

This achievement has been applauded by many and has been backed by Jahnes.

"Hetty is a great referee and she is going to do a great job I reckon,'' she said.

Jahnes also wanted to thank all the businesses and people who have supported fundraising efforts for the New Zealand trip. Meanwhile, the Curtis Coast Dolphins Netball Association are on the prowl for new players to play in their association.

Anyone interested can phone Karyn Lowe 4978 6551.



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