Hamson's hard decision pays off for Singleton's netball campaign

PLAYER TO WATCH: Ella Hamson helped guide Singleton's 13s representative side to a successful state title campaign (finishing fourth in their 18 team division with a 13-4-1 record).
PLAYER TO WATCH: Ella Hamson helped guide Singleton's 13s representative side to a successful state title campaign (finishing fourth in their 18 team division with a 13-4-1 record).

Don't be fooled by Ella Hamson's absence in the Singleton District Netball representative side's team photo.

Prior to competing in the recent NSW Junior State Titles in Penrith, which came to an end this afternoon, the 13-year-old revealed to the Singleton Argus that she had to make a tough decision.

"I used to play league tag but my mum said it was getting too much for me and I had to pick between the two sports," the devastated teenager said prior to the tournament.

DECISION TIME: Former Singleton Greyhound junior Ella Hamson admits she was heartbroken to temporarily postpone her league tag career this year to focus on netball.

DECISION TIME: Former Singleton Greyhound junior Ella Hamson admits she was heartbroken to temporarily postpone her league tag career this year to focus on netball.

"It was really tough because I did really love league tag."

Hamson, who predominantly plays as a GS (Goal Shooter) or GA (Goal Attack), completed her second straight representative netball tournament this afternoon.

"Last year was a great experience and we came eighth overall and we were also the highest Singleton team," she continued.

"So the aim on this occasion would be to finish in the top five."

Singleton would finish fourth out of the 18 teams competing in the Netball NSW - Junior State Titles 13U Division 3 tournament.

Singleton finished fourth overall with 13-4-1 record thanks to large victories over Eurobodalla (22-2), Great Lakes (19-7) and Forbes in a one sided 16-3 victory this afternoon.

The side's defence was also credited for keeping the undefeated tournament winners Westlakes District to their lowest score in a hard fought 9-7 encounter on Sunday morning.

"I'd like to thank both of our coaches," Hamson concluded.

THE SIDE: Ella Hamson was absent from her representative team's photo prior to the event. Back Row - Charli Arnold, Faith Radmacher, Georgie Constable, Ava Newton, Kaylar Emery. Front Row - Jasmine Maher (coach), Phoebe Harris, Sophie Geale, Jess Maher (coach), Emelia Bailey, Chelsea Noack, Lee Geale (manager).

THE SIDE: Ella Hamson was absent from her representative team's photo prior to the event. Back Row - Charli Arnold, Faith Radmacher, Georgie Constable, Ava Newton, Kaylar Emery. Front Row - Jasmine Maher (coach), Phoebe Harris, Sophie Geale, Jess Maher (coach), Emelia Bailey, Chelsea Noack, Lee Geale (manager).

"Jasmine (Maher) is a pretty good coach and she's also a pretty good defender.

"Jess (Maher) has taught me how to hold the ball and how to do well in the shooting circle as well.

"And our manager Lee (Geale), his dedication and support throughout the year was really helpful and we loved the messages he sent every day about what we needed to do to improve."

FULL RESULTS IN THIS WEDNESDAY'S SINGLETON ARGUS