Shepparton’s Sophie Winmar and Kyabram’s Nikki Genio have been selected in the national Indigenous schoolgirls’ team, the Budgies.HANNAH DRISCOLL January 25, 2013 4:15am
Shepparton’s Sophie Winmar and Kyabram’s Nikki Genio have been selected in the national Indigenous schoolgirls’ team, the Budgies.
Winmar and Genio played for Victoria in the National Indigenous School Girls’ Carnival from last Monday to Thursday at Tallebudgera, near Burleigh Heads in Queensland.
Genio, 16, was selected in the open side and 14-year-old Winmar was selected in the Budgies’ 16-and-under side.
Genio is a Kyabram P-12 College student who played in Stanhope’s 17-and-under premiership last year, while Winmar attends Shepparton High School and played for Rumbalara’s 15-and-under side.
The journey to selection for the Budgies began in November when both girls took part in trials for the Victorian sides in Geelong.
Winmar’s 16-and-under side went through undefeated at the carnival, while Genio’s open side finished third behind winner NSW and runner-up South Queensland, but she said it was the only team to defeat NSW throughout the week.
Both girls are midcourt specialists and Winmar played six games plus finals, while Genio said she played three games each day.
They were also completing training sessions for the Budgies on top of their other playing commitments and Genio said the rigorous schedule took its toll.
‘‘About Wednesday it started taking its toll and I had to get a few massages,’’ Genio said.
The Budgies teams were announced at the end of the carnival and neither Winmar or Genio had been confident they would earn a place.
‘‘I wasn’t too confident, I thought I might have had a chance, but I didn’t think it was that great,’’ Genio said.
‘‘I was very pleased and shocked with it too.’’
Winmar was selected in the 14-and-under Budgies team last year, but said she did not think she could repeat the feat.
‘‘There was other girls who were good up there,’’ Winmar said.
Genio said this was a great experience and she was proud to represent her school.
‘‘It was amazing. I met so many different girls and they were all so welcoming and it was just a great experience to play against better players,’’ Genio said.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Mary and Molly Byrne are urging others to support National Bandanna Day today.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
The annual Deniliquin Garage and Town Sale event is being held tomorrow, and more than 16 homes are registered for the bargain day.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.