Alberton Netballers chosen to represent the Gippsland Storm include, from back left, Emily Semple (Phillip Island), Sophie Scott (Inverloch-Kongwak) Tyler Riley (MDU), Emma Watkins (Fish Creek), Lauren Redpath (MDU), Holly Monaghan (Stony Creek) and Taylah Turner (Kilcunda-Bass). Front, Paris Rogers (Fish Creek), Shannon Danckert (Fish Creek), Jacqui Snooks (Korumburra-Bena), Hayley Morris (Phillip Island) and Alana Hanegraaf (Korumburra-Bena).
THE Alberton Netball Region will be well represented when Gippsland Storm Elite Netball Club takes to the courts in 2014.
The 2014 squads, recently announced after three vigorous weeks of selections, were given their first taste of what is to come in the next few months, with the girls being put through their paces at a recent pre-season fitness testing day.
All squad members will be asked to complete a seven week pre-season training program which looks to improve a wide range of key areas prior to all players returning for the club’s annual pre-season camp in late January.
Gippsland Storm senior coach Simon O’Shanassy is confident the number of Alberton players representing his club will continue to grow over the coming years.
“The Alberton Netball Region has always been relatively well represented, but now over 10 per cent of our entire playing group comes from the Alberton region,” Simon said.
“And with the wealth of talent that I’ve personally seen across the region in 2013, we would next be hoping for a figure of somewhere closer to 20 per cent in 2015.”
Gippsland Storm’s 2014 pre-season camp will be held at The Summit Camp in Trafalgar from January 24 to 26. The camp is always challenging, but also a fun weekend had by all to pre-pair for the 2014 season.
Storm’s two premierships
Gippsland Storm Under 15/1s have completed the perfect season with a hard fought seven goal victory over a tenacious New Era in last Thursday’s night’s grand final at the Waverley Netball Centre.
Having been the form side of the competition for the season, going through undefeated, the girls proved why they were the best team by overcoming an even first half to eventually pull away from a worthy opponent.
Captain Lauren Redpath, from MDU, led from the front creating numerous turnovers in the defensive end and being awarded the best on court award in the grand final.
The result was a just reward for 10 very dedicated netballers, having only lost one game over the course of the past two seasons. The greatest asset was the evenness of all 10 players in the side.
The Gippsland Storm under 15/3s also managed a terrific victory over the season’s top placed team Melbourne Waverley.
The girls managed to turn around the results from the last time the two teams met from a 15 goal loss during the season to an amazing 11 goal victory in the season’s ultimate game.
The wins capped off another great year for Gippsland Storm with five out of seven teams making finals and two winning premierships in the 15s.
Next will be another exciting year for the club as it cements its partnership with Monash University Storm (Victoria Netball League) and continue to provide the region’s best players with opportunities to reach their potential.