Rats representatives

Ararat netball representative players Katelin McDonald, Angie Stoneman, Rachael Fratin, Monique Scott and Karly Griffits.

Ararat netball representative players Katelin McDonald, Angie Stoneman, Rachael Fratin, Monique Scott and Karly Griffits.

WNA - Ararat Rats' junior netball stars Karly Griffits and Katelin McDonald will represent the Wimmera and compete in a series of tournaments in the coming months.

The talented duo took to the court with the 13 and under team in Horsham over the weekend for the first of five competitions.

It was a successful start to the year for Wimmera, defeating North Central 20 to 18 in the grand final.

The Wimmera will also compete in tournaments in St Arnaud, Mildura and Bendigo, along with the annual interleague fixture later this month.

Rats' 15 and under players Angie Stoneman and Rachael Fratin were selected as emergencies for their age group, but also got the opportunity to take to the court on Sunday to help Wimmera win the grand final 17-5 against Horsham and District.

Georgia Flemming has also been selected as an emergency in the 17 and unders.

Ararat junior coach Megan Shea said it was a big commitment for all girls on top of their Rats' duties.

"It is good for the club, it is not just open slather sending girls to tryouts, they have to earn the selection," she said.

"It is based on the way they have trained over the pre-season and for the ones we knew from last year, how they performed during the season.

"It is a big commitment, five tournaments all up and they have got to train every Wednesday, but I think it is great the Wimmera have included more tournaments the more they play together the better it will be in the long run.

"From my experiences you tend to play with the same group of girls over the years in representative teams like this, so the more they spend time together, the more friendships are developed and that is only going to benefit performance on court."

Chelsea Vincent was also acknowledged by the club and selected to tryout for the 15 and under side.

Shea said Griffits in her second season with the Rats will be a solid contributor for the Wimmera over the course of the year through the midcourt.

"She is playing with the 15 and under B team as an 'out of ager', because we decided as a committee to accommodate for all the girls who tried out and we ended up having too many in the 13 and unders," she said.

"Her and Annie (Shea) have stepped up, so for Karly to go back and get selected in her own age group is a great achievement.

"She has really grown up over the summer and is listening to the feedback given to her and this is going to be a big confidence booster."

Shea said McDonald was a new player at the Rats this year, but impressed the coaches straight away with her work ethic during pre-season training.

"Katelin came across from the Ararat Eagles and is a strong defender," she said.

"This is going to be a big stepping stone for her, and it is a huge effort to come from a lower league to Ararat and be able to go on and be selected in the Wimmera side in her first year."

The future of netball at Ararat looks bright, with Stoneman and Monique Scott also being selected to attend a Wimmera-Mallee training camp recently, which included coaching from Melbourne Vixen players and other netball identities.

"Once again they were identified by the coaches to attend that camp," Shea said.

"Last year Angie won the league best and fairest in the 15-Bs and I was really impressed with Mon in the 13 and unders, she is a gutsy player."

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