Victoria has finished third at the Marie Little OAM Shield in Brisbane after defeating Queensland today, 11-6.
The Marie Little OAM Shield is an annual competition that provides an opportunity for athletes with an intellectual disability to represent their state.
The three-day tournament concluded in Brisbane today, prior to the Samsung Diamonds and New Zealand Silver Ferns Constellation Cup match.
Both teams brought the intensity to the bronze medal game, with high defensive pressure and slick attacking moves on display.
Victorian coach Naomi Linossier said that the team overcame early nerves to get the win.
“I think the nerves were getting to them and they really wanted to win that bronze medal, so when they made a mistake they were a bit more upset than normal, but they kept working hard and came home with the bronze medal,” Linossier said.
“I’m incredibly proud of them. To see how far they’ve come from that first training session to where they are now, we couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
In the presentation ceremony, Victorian defender Anna-Maria Picak was awarded the Naomi Perry Spirit of Netball Award for her outstanding sportsmanship and encouragement throughout the competition.
“Annie is a pretty special person, she is everything that this competition is about,” Linossier said.
“She’s the first one to help an opponent up when they fall over or help some of the teams with a bit of guidance about whose ball it is and where it should be taken.
“She just plays the game that she loves and she embodies what the Naomi Perry Spirit Award is all about.”