Rubies ready to contest the Marie Little OAM Shield

On Friday 1 September the SA Rubies Netball Team will kick off their bid to take home the 2017 Marie Little OAM Shield.

After coming runners up to NSW last year, this year the Rubies – South Australia’s state netball team for players with an intellectual disability – are hoping to go one better and take out the title.

They will be competing against teams from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory in the competition, which will be held in Perth from 1-3 September.

According to Rubies’ Head Coach Tricia Crockford, the Rubies girls are looking fit, fierce and ready to go.

“During our training preparation, we have worked on fitness, strong ball work, footwork and team work,” she said.

“We have selected our co-captains Steph and Ashlee to lead us proudly in our quest for Gold.

“It is an exciting week ahead and we hope to do SA proud,” Crockford said.

The inaugural Marie Little OAM Shield began in 2013 with three teams contesting the title. The competition had run previously for more than 10 years under several names including the National All Abilities Tournament.

The Rubies are proudly supported by Glenelg Funerals.

Listen to Rubies co-captain Isabella Ivancic-Holland and Head Coach Tricia Crockford being interviewed on the Marie Little OAM Shield here (at around the 30-minute mark).

2017 SA RUBIES

Tammy Brixton

Storm Duncan

Kim Flannigan

Ashlee Hartnett (co-captain)

Joanna Klaosen

Stephanie Koutroumbis

Jodie Lewis

Samantha Walker

Amanda Berry

Isabella Ivancic-Holland (co-captain)

Head Coach: Tricia Crockford

Assistant Coach: Samantha Luck

Team Manager: Karen Hay

The Rubies are proudly supported by Glenelg Funerals.