THE Southern Fusion Netball Club has recorded its biggest victory to date, with the under 17s representative team winning the NSW Netball Championship at Newcastle.
The winning side went undefeated through 21 matches in the club’s impressive first shot at the tournament.
The club was launched in 2012 by Wonthaggi’s Ben Dixon, who is president of the club, umpires and is coach of the winning under 17s team.
He had a vision to give netballers in the South Gippsland region an opportunity to play representative netball and strive towards state league.
“I realised there was a lack of exposure to higher level netball in South Gippsland and that’s our goal to increase the availability of higher level competition to the region,” he said.
“A lot of the girls have been at the club for three and four years and over the past six months or so they’ve been working really hard at training and doing extra trainings to get ready for it.
“It’s a testament to themselves and the talent that South Gippsland has. It’s obviously rewarding for them and very special for them to finish the weekend with 21 wins.
“I knew it would take a while to get up and running and get success, but winning on the weekend was fantastic.”
The Fusion has an open side, under 17s, three under 15s and an under 13s side play in the Waverley Night Netball Association competition, as well as an under 13 tournament side that plays at tournaments across the state.
The success has been a great achievement by Ben, who at 23 years of age, has spearheaded the development of a new netball club.
The club isn’t resting on its laurels either, with big plans to reach the higher level.
“We’ve won premierships over the last couple of years at Waverley and this under 17 team finished top of the ladder in their Waverley section with 17 wins and two losses and they’ve got their semi-final this Wednesday night so we’re hoping for more success,” Ben said.
“We’re looking at hopefully in the next four or five years getting a VNL licence which is the top netball competition in the state that plays at Melbourne each week. That’s our goal that we’re working on at the moment.
“We’re trying to increase the talent and opportunities for the girls to get them in VNL competition sooner rather than later.”