IT may be short on players, but that doesn’t mean the Warrnambool under 18 girls’ side will be slowing down at this weekend’s Victorian Country Junior Championships.
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Coach Lester Pickett said speed was a strength of his team, which only has seven players available for the titles in Bendigo.

“They’re all well-conditioned,” he said of his squad members.

“We’ll have to push the ball at all times and then make the right decisions about whether we go down there and take a quick shot or pull up and run our offence.”

The side will be without Rachel Dobson (injured) and Brittany Hyland (netball commitments) but will still take a talented squad, which consists of Carly Pulling, Annie Blackburn, Olivia Krygger, Maggie Baker, Ebony Stacey, Rachel Alderson and Cloe Pulling.

The south-west will be well-represented at the championships, with Portland and Warrnambool sides in the under 16 and 18 boys’ and girls’ age groups.

Pickett said his side had a tough fixture, taking on Shepparton and Bendigo in its first two matches today.

“If we win one of those games, we’ll keep our heads in division one, which is our aim,” he said.

“The top eight go through to division one and the bottom eight go to division two.

“We’ll just be trying to win our first game and then worry about the next game when it comes.”

The team has been training since October, with its preparation including the junior and senior seaside tournaments in Warrnambool.

Several bottom-age players in the side will be looking to go one better than last year, when they helped Warrnambool to a runner-up finish against Traralgon in the under 16 country championships grand final.

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