Shepparton duo selected in Victoria’s All-Abilities squad

By Tyler Maher

A pair of Shepparton netballers will represent Victoria's All-Abilities side next month.

Ella Kerrins and Grace Dean have been rewarded for their impressive talents on the netball court and earned selection in the state team.

The duo will don Victoria's colours at the Marie Little OAM Shield, which is Netball Australia's national championship for players with an intellectual disability.

For Dean, who plays for the Goulburn Valley All-Abilities side, this will be her second time in the state side.

Meanwhile, this year will be Kerrins' first crack at showing her skills on the national stage.

Kerrins, who plays in attack and through the midcourt for the Shepparton Netball Association All-Abilities side, was named in the four-player development squad that will travel along with the 10-player team.

Both travel to Brisbane for the shield next month, which will be contested from October 12 to 14.

Speaking after the announcement of the state team line-up, Netball Victoria’s community and junior development manager Tanya Gamble spoke of the importance of the national tournament.

“The Marie Little OAM Shield allows women with an intellectual disability the chance to represent their state in a game they love," she said.

"We’re proud of the programs we have in place across Victoria, which help pave this pathway for athletes, and we will continue to develop these programs to ensure netball maintains its inclusive environment.”

• On Saturday, the SNA All-Abilities side took to the court on grand final day and News photographer Holly Daniel went along and captured all the action.