Victoria valiant in defeat at Marie Little OAM Shield

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The torch of Marie Little OAM’s legacy shone brightly at the national netball tournament for athletes with an intellectual disability named in her honour.

Despite defeat, the Independence Australia Victorian All Abilities State Team held their heads high and made the most of the opportunity to compete against New South Wales and South Australia in Adelaide.

Head Coach Janet Parker reflected on the tournament and thanked major sponsor Independence Australia for their enduring support.

“The Marie Little OAM Shield offers a brilliant opportunity for competitors. Without the support of Independence Australia, these players would not have access to such an affordable competition.”

“It’s a great honour to represent Victoria and this playing group has represented our state with pride,” said Parker.

2014 runners-up, New South Wales, emerged with a clean sweep after a full day of matches and claimed the title with a 16-9 win over South Australia.

This was the first year that the Marie Little OAM Shield has been played since Marie passed away on the evening of the tournament in 2014.

Players, parents and carers of all three competing teams gathered for a dinner the night before the tournament, where a letter from Della Thilthorpe, Marie’s daughter’ thanked the teams and the netball community for their support.

“To the netball community, Mum would be so happy to see the Marie Little OAM Shield continue to evolve. The hard work of so many people from the very early days to where it is now, is to be acknowledged and applauded” wrote Thilthorpe.

Trials for the 2016 Independence Australia Victorian All Abilities State Team will take place later this year in November. If you would like further information on the trial process, please email Lisa Picking at [email protected]