THREE Gippsland teams competed in the Netball Vic State Titles recently at Eagle Stadium in Werribee.
Eighteen Victorian country and metropolitan regions were represented in each of the 15 & Under and 17 & Under divisions, while in the All Abilities (AA) division, there were 14 teams.
The Gippsland teams, featuring many Alberton and West Gippsland netballers, performed extremely well, with 15/U and AA making finals, and 17/U finishing fifth.
The 15/U actually finished the 17 rounds on top of the ladder, so were very disappointed to lose their semi-final by two goals to eventual winner Elmer (Western Melbourne) in a very intense, hard fought match.
Indeed, all matches on the weekend were intense and hard fought, with the best junior netballers in the state representing their regions and desperate to come away victors.
The 17/U had many very close matches and drew against both grand finalists during the rounds, so were indeed extremely competitive and matched it with the best.
Henderson (South Eastern Melbourne) was the overall 17/U winner.
Gippsland’s All Abilities team lost its semi-final in a great effort to eventual winners Elmer who were a very slick outfit.
Not all regions field an All Abilities team, and the fact that Gippsland does is testament to the wonderful efforts of coaches Rebecca Arnason and Lisa Kuhne, who noted that ours is the only region that fully includes the AA team as part of the squad attending state titles….something they appreciate but that Gippsland committee sees as a given.
All Gippsland teams are administered by the same committee; they train together, stay together while away, and support each other during competition.
It becomes a memorable experience for all involved, and this year players sported smart new warm-up tops (for the netballers to keep), thanks to the generous support of sponsors Korumburra Sports & Spinal Clinic, Gippsland Physiotherapy Group, Browns Stockfeeds, Elders Korumburra and Leongatha, Moons Buslines, Murray Goulburn Leongatha and Evans Petroleum.
Congratulations to all coaches, players, support staff and family for another successful tournament showing that Gippsland has great netball talent.
Our netballers match it with the best