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Netball - 13. March 2013.

NSW play down chances of record breaking Nationals

New South Wales coach Maria Lynch has played down her sides chances of creating history at the 2013 21/U National Netball Championships in Canberra.

While New South Wales began their tournament with consecutive victories on the opening day, beating hosts ACT 52-41 and Western Australia 54-51, Lynch says her side’s inexperience will make a record breaking sixth consecutive 21/U title a challenge.

"It's hard for us to walk around with that on our shoulders," she said.

"But we are a fresh group of girls and each year it’s a new team, new goals, new focus and we will do the best job we can out here this week."

With more than just a national title on the line with selectors eyeing off talent ahead of August’s World Youth Netball Championships, Lynch said her side was calm going into the six-day competition.

"With so many girls that haven't had the chance to play Nationals before, we've had a really relaxed preparation."

"They're fresh, they are really excited and I think we are really going to be a team that will grow throughout the week."

NSW Captain Alix McDermott echoed her coach’s sentiments and said her team was not getting ahead of themselves in their title hopes.

"Our goal coming into this game and going into Nationals collectively is to build and to become stronger as each game goes on," she said.

"Everybody's out there with some absolute stars in their team."

McDermott was particularly wary of Wednesday’s opponent South Australia. South Australia boasts five AIS Scholarship holders and easily accounted for Queensland with a 50-30 victory yesterday.

"South Australia look good at this stage… they probably have the most cohesive and strongest line-up", McDermott said.

NSW clashes with South Australia in their only fixture on Wednesday at the ACT Netball Centre.
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