The first round of the inaugural Victorian Men’s & Mixed Netball League (VMNL) Junior Boys Competition begun last night, with four teams of eager netballers taking to the court.
Waverley & District Netball Association and St Therese Netball Club were the two winners of the night in two high-intensity games.
The first match, played between Waverley & District and Darebin & District, was a fitting match to launch the competition, with both teams fighting hard and producing some high flying passes.
Waverley led early, and although a second-half fightback from Darebin, Waverley were eventual winners, 34-29.
The second match also demonstrated the junior talent on show, with St Therese defeating Doncaster & District Netball Association.
Defence on both teams shined with thrilling intercepts and high-pressure, with St Therese winning 27-16.
Julia Farrimond, coach of the Waverley & District team said it was sensational to have the league underway
“It’s been a dream in the making for me to get the boys as a junior representative team onto the court,” Farrimond said.
“To get out there and see the calibre of both teams was really, really great and to see all the boys enjoying themselves was just a dream come true.”
The State Coach also said that the competition provides an important step in the boys pathway.
“Boys can play in most association until the age of 13, then we start to lose boys with associations that don’t allow them to play in a mixed competition,” said Farrimond.
“You lose that talent then, and if you don’t get it until they can try out for the state team, you could lose that quality and experience.”
The junior boys’ competition will be on display in an exhibition match prior to the Melbourne Vixens and GIANTS Netball match on Sunday 22 July at Hisense Arena.
For more information on the Junior Boys Competition, visit the VMNL webpage.