Latest Region News

Community Coaches Wanted!

Are you looking for some casual work during Term 1 2020? Netball Victoria are looking for Community Coaches to deliver 45 minute netball taster sessions. With schools across Cardinia, Baw Baw, Latrobe City, South Gippsland, Wellington and East Gippsland shires, there are plenty of opportunities for Coaches looking to spread the love of netball across the Eastern Region. To express your interest, or for more information please contact Participation Coordinator Yvonne Porter on 0400 339 950 or

Beach Netball is back for 2020! Register Now!

Beach Netball will enter it’s 5th year at Lakes Entrance on the 11th and 12th January 2020. With a new Early Bird pricing- there’s no time like the present to get your mates together and plan a weekend down at the beautiful Main Beach for a weekend of fun and fitness.

Location: Lakes Entrance Main Beach

Date: 11-12 January 2020

Price: Early Bird $99 if registered prior to October 31st 2019, otherwise $110

Rules and Regulations:

Link to register:

For further information, please contact Lakes Entrance Netball Association at

U17 & U19 Victorian squads announced

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

Eastern Zone athletes make Victorian Squad Selections

Congratulations to the athletes who have progressed through the NV athletes pathway towards the 2020 Victorian 17/U & 19/U state teams. The following athletes all have ties to the Eastern Zone and we are incredibly proud of your achievement. We wish you all the best on the next step of your netball journey.

Under 17:

Olivia Barnett, Lucy McKellar and Lilli Stobie.

Under 19:

Emma Allman, Zali Anderson, Stephanie Lee, Jasmin Mackie, Georgia Moody and Ella Spencer

Erin & Brooke win Silver at National Championships

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!

Nilma Darnum Netball Club- call for A Grade & Head Coach

Eastern Region represented at VNL

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


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 to advise of any new signings.

Leadership & Game Development Conference

A unique professional development opportunity for the Victorian netball community with world class coaches & umpires as speakers and presenters to inspire you and to stimulate new ideas.

For the first time, Netball Vic are pleased to provide a club development stream presented by experienced sports administrators within the industry.

There are practical seminars and chances to network and share learnings and experiences.

A major highlight of the conference will be our key note speakers Samsung Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander and Peggy O’Neal.

The conference offers a diverse curriculum which is relevant to coaches and umpires of all levels and accreditation and you will have the opportunity to move between streams based on your interests and identified areas for personal growth. There are three streams for you to attend with coaching offering 2 stream options:
1. Coaching (Steam 1 – Grassroots, Stream 2 – Pathways)
2. Umpiring
3. Club Development

At Netball Victoria, we are committed to assisting your continued development and professional growth and we are thrilled that you have chosen this conference as a way of developing and enhancing your skills.

Click here to register.


Talent Academy wraps up for 2019

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 Region State Titles

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

Macy Tatnell
Jenny Wrigglesworth
Keisha Jackson
Cleo Fox
Tyla Alvin
Olivia Barnett
Paris Dunkley
Tilley Gordyn
Ruby Dunkley
Isla Pearson
Emily Hall
Lara Van der Voort


15/U   Coaches    Jae Evans & Kylie James

Charlotte Ronchi
Stella Fitzsimon
Lilli Stobie
Indigo Waugh
Maya Bown
Ruby Timms
Abbey Bills
Lily Corcoran
Emily Williams
Isla McCarthy
Lucy Best
Tess Hansford


Latrobe Valley Region State Titles

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

Holly Stephens
Emilie Jones
Tyneal O’Dwyer
Mia Chandler
Sasha Williams
Kasey Gambetta
Tiarnee Browney
Antonia McFarlane
Sienna  Green
Sienna Blair
Hayley Stoddart


Under 17 female:

Coach: Yvonne Porter

Assistant Coach: Maddy Caddy

Team Manager: Madi Louden

Emma White
Stephanie Lee
Mikaeli Hilliar
Laini Galea
Harriet Louden
Taylah Buckley
Georgia Tymensen
Charlie Brewis
Ella Gown
Madison Mullen
Paris Smith


All Abilities- Championship

Coach: Janet Parker

Ayla Saul
Daniel McCafee
Sue Hoskins
Courtney Drake
Dion Rowbottom
Paul Van Dord
Jaliya Duggan
Penni Mitchell


All Abilities- Reserve

Coach: Renee Chappell

Coby Saul
Taylor Lowrie
James McDonald
Tempaney Dawson
Ben Ward
Lara Gair
Paige Middleton-Ross
Glenn Van Dord

Gippsland Region State Titles

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.



























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Garfield Netball Club- Coaching applications open

The Garfield Netball Club is calling for applications for all netball grades for the 2020 season. Please find more information and the form to register on the below link.

Garfield Netball Club

Locals shine at VNL Awards Night

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:

Daisy Hill

Jasmine Ferguson

Under 19 Team of the Year:

Jasmin Mackie

Emma Allman

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.

Association Championships Finals Day

Sunday 23rd June saw the best leagues and associations from around Victoria come together for the Association Championships- Finals Day. A record 51 teams competed in the Eastern Region qualifying day, across 14 different leagues and associations. Those who played in the Grand Finals in the Championship divisions were invited to play the winners and runners up from the other regions across Victoria. Open teams automatically progressed to Finals Day.

Representing Eastern Zone were:

Under 13: Gippsland League & Sale Netball Association

Under 15: Gippsland League & Ellinbank & District Netball Association

Under 17: Gippsland League & North Gippsland Football Netball League

Open: West Gippsland Football Netball League

Held in Frankston, the day was a little chilly for the athletes and spectators. The fog didn’t lift until play was well and truly underway, but you wouldn’t know it from the intensity and speed at which the matches were played. All our teams represented our region with passion and should be incredibly proud of their performances. Three of our seven teams played in the Semi or Preliminary Finals (Gippsland 13’s- Prelim, Gippsland 15’s- Semi and North Gippsland 17’s- Semi).

Association Championships are an integral part of the Netball Victoria Athlete Pathway. For more information on the official athlete pathway, please see the below links:

Locals make Victorian All Abilities Team

Congratulations to Brooke Baker and Erin Munckton (both of Drouin & District Netball Association All Abilities) for their selection in the Victorian All Abilities team for the 2019 Marie Little OAM Shield. Nationals will be contested at the Queensland State Netball Centre from 12-14 October. For the first time the tournament will be included as a part of the INA Global Games; the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with an intellectual impairment. We wish Brooke and Erin the best of luck on their netball journey’s. 


Judi Buhagiar – Eastern Region Manager
(03) 4120 0492

0427 401 747

Yvonne Porter – Eastern Region Coordinator
(03) 4120 0492

0400 339 950