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Local talent included in All-Abilities state netball side

By Aydin Payne

Shepparton duo Grace Dean and Ella Boyd have been rewarded for their talents on the netball court with inclusion in Victoria's All-Abilities side.

Dean has been selected in the All-Abilities team, which follows her involvement in last year's side, while Boyd has been added to the development squad.

The line-up of the 10-person All-Abilities team will be supported by the four players from the development squad at this year's national championship.

The state team will contest for the Marie Little OAM Shield, which is Netball Australia's national netball championship for players with an intellectual disability.

Dean and Boyd will travel to Brisbane for the Marie Little OAM Shield next month, which will be contested from October 12-14.

Shepparton Netball Association's All-Abilities co-ordinator Cinnamon Baum was overjoyed by the pair's achievements.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for both Grace and Ella," she said.

"I'm super proud of them, it's a great effort to make the state side for Grace and development squad for Ella."

As well as being proud of their selection in the state side, Baum spoke of the benefits to the duo and its teammates too.

"It will only increase their skills as players," she said.

"And what's even better is that they can bring the skills they learn and bring it back and help out their teammates."

The SNA all-abilities grand final is on this Saturday at 12.30pm at McEwen Reserve.

• With the Shepparton Netball Association season nearing a close, News photographer Holly Daniel headed down to McEwen Reserve to grab some pictures on the day.

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