Congratulations to the Eastern Zone representatives who have been named as finalists in the Netball Victoria Community Awards. These awards celebrate significant contributions to the development of netball in Victoria in 2019.
Contribution to Umpiring:
Felicity Di Toto
School of the Year:
Lavalla Catholic College
WorkSafe Safety Initiative Awards:
Morwell Football Netball Club
Congratulations to the following athletes who have made the Under 17 & Under 19 Victorian Squads for 2020! We are proud of the connection these athletes have to the Eastern Zone and we look forward to seeing you continue on your netball journey. It is fantastic to see our athletes progressing through the Netball Victoria Player Pathway.
Under 17’s: Olivia Barnett
Under 19’s: Zali Anderson, Taylah Brown, Jasmin Mackie & Ella Spencer
Congratulations to Drouin & District All Abilities netballers Brooke Baker and Erin Munckton on their Silver medal at the 2019 Marie Little OAM Shield. After some dominating performances throughout the rounds, Victoria lost to South Australia in the Grand Final 21-18. Congratulations to Brooke, Erin and the entire Victorian All Abilities team on your success!
Congratulations to the following athletes for their selection in VNL teams for 2020. It is fantastic to see the number of Eastern Region names, with representatives in 8 out of the 10 clubs. Not only are we getting more athletes involved in the pathway, but we are attracting VNL players to our area for the great standard of matches we provide.
ARIELS: Shae Kyle
BOROONDARA EXPRESS: Alison Dwyer, Zali Anderson, Taylah Brown, Ella Spencer, Alex Moody, Bella Hodgson
CASEY DEMONS: Mikaeli Hilliar, Myah Healey, Sophie Lecchino, Stephanie Lee, Annabelle Williams, Rachel Ronaldson
GEELONG COUGARS: Jessica Stanfield
HAWKS: Lanni Pryor, Gemma Thomas, Emma Allman, Sally Dellar, Jasmine Ferguson, Daisy Hill
MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY: Ramayer Gourley
PENINSULA WAVES: Jasmin Mackie, Stacie Gardiner, Sara Russell, Keighley Starrett
SOUTHERN SAINTS: Shannon Freeman, Chloe Radford, Samantha Waters, Georgia Moody, Emily Boribon
Team lists are still being finalised, so please let us know of any updates. Contact Participation Coordinator Yvonne Porter on 0400 339 950 or email:
The Netball Victoria Talent Academy has come to it’s conclusion for 2019, culminating in a spectacular day of matches against the other regions in Victoria on the 27th of October. The players from Eastern Academy played skilled, competitive netball and worked hard to implement the structures we’d worked on across the year. The Eastern Zone was overseen by Head Coach Karen Meredith, along with Assistant Coaches Staci Scott and Chelsea Smith and Team Manager Judi Buhagiar.
When reflecting on the year that was, Head Coach Karen Meredith was impressed with the great enthusiasm and intensity shown by the athletes at all training sessions. “They responded positively to all feedback and enjoyed working with Specialist Coaches such as Sarah Hogan, Gerard Murphy and Jade Heinrich. The camps were fantastic and gave the Eastern Region athletes the opportunity to not only get to know each other more but mingle with athletes from other academies. The final camp which incorporated watching the ANL finals was a terrific weekend in which our athletes got to see firsthand netball being played at an Elite level.” On behalf of the coaches, Meredith wished to congratulate all athletes from the Eastern Academy for their efforts to develop their skills and wish them the best of luck to those invited to the State Team screening days. Meredith hopes that all the Eastern Zone athletes continue to not only aspire to play netball at their highest level, but also enjoy their netball journeys.
East Gippsland Netball Region have completed their trials for the upcoming State Titles competition. STO Fran Fitzsimon is happy with the intensity of team training sessions and the squads selected. As always in the regional areas, footy netball finals disrupt training schedules throughout the finals series. With the East Gippsland FNL Grand Final scheduled for this Saturday, the squads will be back on track and training as hard as ever in no time.
Congratulations to the following athletes for their selection:
17/U Coach Staci Scott
Lara Van der Voort
15/U Coaches Jae Evans & Kylie James
The Latrobe Valley Netball Region have selected their teams to compete at the State Titles event for 2019. Whilst numbers varied amongst the age groups, STO Luana Brock is happy with the calibre and looking forward to seeing the athletes grow throughout the tournament and lead up. The region is fielding teams in the 15 under female, 17 under female and All Abilities sections. Congratulations athletes!
Under 15 Female:
Co-Coaches: Roger Palmer and Hannah Russell
Under 17 female:
Coach: Yvonne Porter
Assistant Coach: Maddy Caddy
Team Manager: Madi Louden
All Abilities- Championship
Coach: Janet Parker
Paul Van Dord
All Abilities- Reserve
Coach: Renee Chappell
Glenn Van Dord
Congratulations for the following athletes who have been successful in making the Gippsland Region State Titles teams. STO Leonnie McCluskey was impressed with the numbers of athletes at trials and the wide spread locations they came from. Gippsland region covers a wide area, with athletes from as far as Sale and Morwell attending. The region is fielding three teams this year; under 15 female, under 17 female and under 15 mixed.
COACH: JO BALLINGER
ASSIST COACH: AMY WATKINS
COACH: GEORDIE CUTLER
TEAM MANAGER: BERNADETTE DILLON
ASHA BOYD METSELAAR
COACH: LEONNIE MCCLUSKEY
TEAM MANAGER: DIANA MUELLER
Congratulations for the following athletes from the Eastern Region, who won awards at the BUPA Victorian Netball League Awards Night. These young women are a testament to the level of competition that we have within our region and we are incredibly proud to see them achieve the heights of such awards.
Division One Team of the Year:
Under 19 Team of the Year:
Further congratulations to Jasmin Mackie for being awarded the Hot Shot award for the under 19’s and to Emma Allman and Jasmine Ferguson, who both finished top 3 in their respective divisions for the Most Valuable Player.
Eastern Region Manager
(03) 4120 0492 or 0427 401 747