Carnival provides intense competition

SALE hosted three days of intense netball competition last week.

The 22nd annual Marist Netball Carnival attracted 175 players from 17 schools across Australia.

Matches were played at Catholic College Sale’s Bishop Phelan Stadium and the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex.

Adelaide’s Sacred Heart College claimed top honours after defeating Marist-Sion College, Warragul 19-16 in Wednesday’s championship division final.

Host school CCS entered the championship semi-finals as the highest ranked team, but lost to Marist-Sion. CCS then lost to Assumption College, Kilmore in the play-off for third place.

CCS sports co-ordinator Jamie Murphy said there wasn’t a stand-out team during what was an “intense few days of netball”.

“Not much separated the top five teams,” he said.

Along with Lavalla Catholic College, Traralgon, three Gippsland schools finished in the top six.

“It is indicative of the strength of the Gippsland League. A lot of them would play in that competition on Saturdays,” Murphy said.

Two CCS players were among 12 selected in the Marist All-Australian Team: Paige Biddle and Eliza Osborn.