THREE Gippsland teams travelled to Eagle Stadium, Werribee on the weekend to contest the Netball Victoria State Titles.
Eagle Stadium is a fabulous new facility with 12 indoor courts, so the entire competition was inside, enabling the very best standard of netball to be played.
Games were 16 minutes each, with teams playing up to 18 games over the weekend.
The 15 and under and 17 and under teams arrived on Friday night to prepare for an early Saturday morning start.
The All-Abilities team arrived on Saturday afternoon to watch the last few games of the day, joining the other teams at the motel and getting together for dinner before their matches on Sunday.
The best netballers in Victoria were at the tournament representing their regions and it was an important talent identification opportunity, with Netball Victoria scouts doing the rounds looking to spot the most gifted players, who will then be invited to try out for the Victorian State squad.
The Gippsland All-Abilities team had a wonderful weekend and played great netball to make the semi-final, but unfortunately went down in that game.
Congratulations to the team and their wonderful coaches Rebecca Arnason and Lisa Kuhne.
Gippsland thought they did well getting 35 netballers trying out for the 15 and under team, but a source reported that some of the metropolitan regions had over 150 girls trying out for one team.
This was an indication of the power that Gippsland was up against in the junior grades.
The Gippsland 17 and under girls put in a mighty effort and strived hard each game against incredibly strong, physical and tall competition, with two wins and a draw for the weekend.
Well done to the talented girls and coach Ben Dixon.
The Gippsland 15 and under girls were amazing, winning 15 out of their 17 matches, finishing on top of the ladder, and being the sole country region to make finals.
They bravely contested the semi-final but unfortunately lost by one goal.
To take it to the might of the city like they did is remarkable for a relatively low-populated region and speaks volumes for their talent, commitment and clever coaching.
Congratulations to the girls and their coach Jenny McRae.
There’s a lot that goes in to organising teams to be able to compete at State level.
Thank you very much to Gippsland Regional Liaison Officer Janine Redpath and her small but dedicated committee for their months of work in organising.
Thanks to fantastic coaches Bec, Lisa, Ben and Jenny, umpires Jess Moed, Vicki Riley and Kerri Besley and bus drivers Graham Birkett and Leonie McCluskey.
Thanks to Deb Allott for organising accommodation and buses and to Trulli Pizza in Meeniyan who sponsored drink bottles for all players.
The teams are self-funded for the tournament and all roles are voluntary, so if any business would like to get on board as a sponsor for next year, please contact Janine Redpath on 0437 093 503.
Gippsland competitive at state netball titles