State berth for Rathjen

Former Mypolonga netballer Keeley Rathjen will represent South Australia at December’s Pacific School Games.     

The Mypolonga Primary School student, who plays with the Contax Netball Club’s under 13 side, was selected for the Under 12 SAPSASA side that will compete in December’s games. 

“I was really shocked but really excited,” she said. “I didn’t think I’d make it because of the quality of the competition.”       

Rathjen said it was a gruelling trial process. She competed during this years’ SAPSASA tournament at Priceline Stadium from June 5-9, and during that week there were two trials for players from the country girls.

The girls were then shortlisted to trial against city girls at next trial. 

Metropolitan players had already completed two trials, so there were around 50 girls in total competing for position, from both country and metropolitan areas.

Next trials were held at Walford Girls College on June 25, where the squad was cut down again to around 20 girls. 

Final trial was held at Walford again on July 2 where 12 girls made the team, and two reserves were also announced.

“It was a hard process, but being announced in the team made it all worth it,” Rathjen said.

The side will train once-a-month until the end of October, which will increase to a weekly session once they enter November. 

“I’m really looking forward to the games. It will be a lot of hard work, but it will definitely be worth it,” Rathjen said.

The 2017 Pacific School Games will be held in Adelaide from December 3-9.