Woods Panthers are celebrating the achievements of their C6 players Megan Sadler and Steph Koutroumbis who have been selected in the SA Rubies team. It is the first time Woods Panthers players have been selected.
Megan and Steph along with their eight teammates will compete in the Marie Little OAM Shield held in Brisbane this October. The inaugural Marie Little Shield was held in 2013 and brings players with an intellectual disability together to represent their state or territory in an annual competition.
Megan, aged 19, said making the team is a big moment in her life.
“In the team we have a great bunch of talented girls, so I think we will do well,” she said.
“The trip to Brisbane will be pretty exciting as I’ve never been to Brisbane before, but it will also be pretty nerve-racking,” she said.
Megan began playing netball for her school when she was in Year 6 and progressed to playing for Woods Panthers’ C6 team in 2016.
“The reason I like netball is the fact I get to run around, and my height helps me for offensive and defensive positions,” Megan said
“I play a variety of positions including GS, GA and C and my preference is GK because I am tall and get the rebounds.”
Wood Panthers President Rob Kerr congratulated Megan and Steph on their selection.
“It’s not only great for our club, but for Megan, Steph and their families. We always encourage all of our players to trial for representative teams.”
With the SA Rubies partly funded by Netball SA and Inclusion SA, the team is currently raising money to assist with accommodation, uniform and travel costs.
Wood Panthers have donated $300 to the SA Rubies Go Fund Me Page and Rob said the club was more than happy to support the team.
“When I heard the Rubies were fundraising for their trip we were more than happy to support them. I’ve also been spreading the word to everyone in involved in netball to get behind the team and I encourage all Premier League clubs to donate,” he said.
“Getting behind and supporting our whole community is what netball clubs are all about.”
The Adelaide Metropolitan Netball Division (AMND) have also shown their support for the SA Rubies by donating four signed 2018 Adelaide Thunderbirds netballs to raffled on Saturday 1 September when the Rubies run the barbecue at the final round of AMND.
Premier sponsor Glenelg Funerals have renewed their support as has South Australian business JJJ’s Diner.
To donate to the SA Rubies visit the Go Fund Me page here.