NEWCASTLE netballer Vivien Palmer did not represent NSW at junior level as she believed she was not good enough to trial.
But after taking a chance this winter, the 18-year-old found herself picked as the youngest member in the NSW senior indoor squad for the national championships in Perth in early November.
Newcastle Souths wing defence Emma Dumbrill was the only other non-Sydney player named in the team.
‘‘I’ve always played above my age group as I’m pretty tall, but I never thought I’d be picked in opens for state,’’ Palmer said.
‘‘Every other year I’ve thought, ‘No, I probably wouldn’t get in,’ so this year I took a chance and went down and it paid off.’’
To make the NSW team, the 183-centimetre goal defence or goal shooter battled it out over four trials.
The NSW players must pay their own travel costs for the nationals, and Palmer is searching for sponsorship to help raise $2250.
She was born and bred in Newcastle and finished year 12 last year at St Francis Xavier’s College before moving to Singleton with her boyfriend. However, she still plays outdoor netball in Newcastle with Junction Hotel.
The indoor netball court is surrounded by netting, which prevents the ball from going out and reduces stoppages.
‘‘I still love my outdoor netball – I just prefer shooting in the netted courts. Around the ring in indoor there’s a net, and I find that helps me as well.’’