Northern Hawks representatives have been left "devastated" after the junior Netball National Championships were cancelled for a second time earlier this week.
Netball Australia announced the cancellation of both the under-17 and under-19 nationals in Hobart due to recent COVID-19 outbreaks across Australia.
It's definitely something you wouldn't expect to be cancelled two years in a rowLauren Spencer
Two Hawks and seven Cavaliers players were slatted to represent Tassie in the national tournament, which would've seen 16 teams converge on the state.
"I was devastated, particularly seeing as it was my last year to make the team," 19-year-old Hawks player Lauren Spencer said.
"It's a team that I've been trying to make since I was in the under-15 age-group, so to finally get into the team, and have that sort of taken away from me was very devastating."
Both Spencer, and fellow Hawks player Candice Archer were presented with their state uniforms on Sunday.
"It's definitely something you wouldn't expect to be cancelled two years in a row," Spencer said.
"There were going to be lots of friends and family coming down to watch - everyone was excited for that."
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Both Spencer and Archer said while it was disappointing the nationals weren't going ahead, they were still proud to have been named to the state team.
"This would've been my first time representing the state - I've had trials in the past but this was my first year playing," 18-year-old Archer said.
"It was pretty upsetting, but I do have next year to try and again, so I'll see how that goes."
Netball Tasmania has said that alternate options were being explored with Netball Australia. The Tasmanian Netball League remains on a three-week break due to the cancelled nationals.
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