DYNAMIC DUO: Indigenous players Tori Bunyan, 15, and Latisha Chong-Johnson, 14, have earned Australian representative honours after starring for Queensland at the national indigenous netball carnival on the Gold Coast.
DYNAMIC DUO: Indigenous players Tori Bunyan, 15, and Latisha Chong-Johnson, 14, have earned Australian representative honours after starring for Queensland at the national indigenous netball carnival on the Gold Coast. Alistair Brightman

Latisha and Tori dazzle at netball nationals

LATISHA Chong-Johnson and Tori Bunyan have proven to be among the best indigenous netballers in the country after earning Australian representative honours.

The Hervey Bay duo ha returned from the Gold Coast where they contested the national indigenous netball carnival.

While she was surprised to be selected in the Australian team, Latisha, a 177cm-tall goalkeeper, justified her selection with a successful carnival.

Latisha's team got better as the tournament went on, beating New South Wales 20-11 in the under-14 final.

"I never thought a year ago I would come this far," the 14-year-old Urangan State High School student said.

"I didn't know anything about it (tournament), but I thought I did good to make it (Australian indigenous squad) in my first year.

"The competition was very hard and I found it hard to get in the Australian team, but it was a good experience."

Tori's team didn't do as well as Latisha's, but she was still picked in the national indigenous squad that will contest the International Schoolgirls Challenge on the Gold Coast in May.

The 15-year-old goal defender is no stranger to the big stage having been to nationals last year.

"Last time I was a bit nervous and not everything went my way," Tori, whose side, Queensland Maroon, defeated Queensland White in the U16 third place playoff, said.

"But I'm glad I got another chance because you have to go back twice as strong against the girls you have been with before and makes you go harder."



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