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JUNIOR Biloela netball players will represent the town at the Nissan State Age Championships in July.
"It's been our biggest junior representative cohort for quite a few years,” Biloela Netball Association vice president Jo Boothby said.
The under-12s, under-13 and under-15 junior reps were excited to compete at the Pine Rivers state carnival, she said.
"People come from Cairns, Townsville, Tweed, all the Brisbane teams.
"It's a very tough competition and to win games there is extremely tough.
"But we're willing to give the girls that exposure.”
It will be the first time many of the players have competed at the rep level, and this weekend a training competition in Rockhamption will help ready them for the challenge.
Biloela Netball Association had been steadily building accredited coaches who were able to take teams to rep level events over a number of years, Mrs Boothby said.
"I think our culture has been building over the last couple of seasons.
"The players that play just strive to play better netball.
"They want to travel and they want to play the best they can.”
While the Tuesday night competitions in Biloela were "the best we can give them”, talented players looking to improve their skills valued any opportunity to extend themselves, Mrs Boothby said.
"I think the juniors can see that they can do that by putting their hand up to represent Bilo at a rep level and hone their skills that way.”
The fierce competition at rep-level and a "huge jump” in umpiring would likely be a shock to the system for some players, Mrs Boothby said.
"Especially for the under-12s team.
"It'll be their first representative carnival, and they'll probably go 'oh my gosh this is intense'.
"But that's what needs to happen if these girls want to pursue netball and play at a higher level.”