Casey makes state team

By David Kavanagh | posted on May 25, 2019

FOR MORE than a month, Bethel Christian School student Casey Griffiths has been making the long car trip to and from Perth at least two times a week.

What began as a number of competitive tryouts for the 15s netball WA state team soon became a series of practice sessions for that same team, with Casey having been selected for the state side out of a pool of about 300 girls.

“It’s really exciting and encouraging to have made that team and it makes me question how far I could go with my netball,” she said.

“I just like having a competitive sport, I’ve always been competitive.”

The 15-year-old will compete for WA at this July’s 2019 Interstate Netball 15s event in Caloundra in Queensland, which will see state teams from across Australia battle it out at the State Netball Centre over the course of a week.

While Casey has been playing netball for about five years and recently competed at regional and metro events, she said there’s still a lot to learn before game day.

“When I was younger, I actually played soccer because my brothers both played it, and then they said that soccer wasn’t a girl’s sport so they told me to play netball,” Casey said.

“I think I have to improve a lot more before I can go away and achieve as much as I want but I’m excited to see what I learn.

“I don’t think I would have gone as far without the encouragement of my coaches, family, friends, teachers and just the Albany netball community.”

Casey’s mother Cindy Griffiths said she was very excited about her daughter’s progress and was gathering fans to support her.

“It’s been a pretty long process going back and forth from Perth … it’s a big commitment for a country kid,” Ms Griffiths said.

“I think they’ll do well, I think WA has got a good chance.