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A huge congratulations to the following athletes in the Northern Region who have been selected in the following sides for the 2020 Victorian Netball League season. We couldn’t be more proud of your hard work and commitment to get to this level. We produce some great talent in our regions and it’s great to see so many Northern Region athletes selected.

Please note team lists are still being finalised, so please let Jayden ( know if there are more Northern athletes signed for 2020.

Ruby Barkmeyer
Abbey Ryan
Ashley Ryan
Chelsea Sartori
Sophie Shoebridge

Sasha McDonald

Chloe Langley
Zoe Davies

Emma Buwalda
Maggie Caris
Claudia Mawson
Madeline Stewart

Keara Fitzgerald
Ruby Turner
Meg Williams

The region’s leading football and netball coaches have been honored for season 2019 at the 32nd Annual Goulburn Murray Coaches Association (GMCA) Presentation held Sunday 6 October 2019. The function was held at ‘Barooga Sporties’ Cobram Barooga Golf Club.

The annual event recognizes and awards AFL Coaches in all categories across affiliated leagues in the region, and after the success of recognising a Senior netball Coach in 2018 the Youth Netball Category was added in 2019.

was held on October 2nd and 3rd in Echuca. 40 teams from across Victoria competed in which was a fantastic showcase of netball and sportsmanship.  Please see below the grand final results, as well as the 2019 VACSAL Junior Netball and Football carnival was held on October 2nd and 3rd in Echuca. 40 teams from across Victoria competed in which was a fantastic showcase of netball and sportsmanship.

Please see below the grand final results, as well as the goal shooting and best on court award recipients.

Under 10

Best on Court    :     Lilah Weston    Warma Blue


Goal Shooting     :   Lilah Weston   Warma Blue


Grand Final     :   Warma Blue  5  defeated  Desert Roses 1

Best on Court Grand Final  :  Lilah Weston Warma Blue



Under 12

Best on Court    :    Maddison Kanoa   West Vic Eels 2


Goal Shooting    :    Maddison Kanoa   West Vic Eels 2


Grand Final   :   West Vic Eels 2   19  defeated  Warma Maroon  15

Best on Court Grand Final  :   Tigerha Cleary   West Vic Eels 2



15 & Under

Best on Court    :      Holly Egan  Desert Roses


Goal Shooting    :        Yilani Atkinson    TAG


Grand Final    :     TAG  36   defeated    Diamonds   25

Best on Court Grand Final   :   Kelis Saunders   TAG



17 & Under

Best on Court     :

Demi Albon    Kangaroos

Misty Skeene    HISCA Liwurruks


Goal Shooting     :      Trinity Crumpen Winmar   Kangaroos


Grand Final    :    Kangaroos   45    defeated  Lagunta Sisters  18

Best on Court Grand Final    :   Trinity Crumpen Winmar   Kangaroos

A great day was had at our annual Mooroopna All Abilities Carnival. We had a total of eight teams compete with a special visit from Foxy.

Kylie Merigan – 500 Club Games:

Kylie Merigan (Florence-Clark) who was awarded life membership of TFNC 2009, is the 2nd Highest Games record holder at TFNC as she chalks up her 500th Club game this weekend playing in the B Grade 2nd Semi Final as they finished Minor Premiers in 2019.
In her 500-game career Kylie has won 4 premierships one of those in 2014 where she was also a playing coach in B Grade, 4 Club Best & Fairest Awards, held many committee positions over the years as she commenced with the club in 1988.

Rebecca Humphrey – 300 A Grade Games:

Rebecca Humphrey this weekend will player her 300th A Grade Game for Tallygaroopna as they take on Nagambie on Sunday 8 September.
Bec whose played 343 games for TFNC debuted in A Grade in 2003 and joins only one other at the club to have played 300 A Grade games, with club legend Kelli Halden having played 398*.

Lisa Hueston – 200 Club Games:

A Grade Coach Lisa Hueston will play her 200th Game for the club this weekend as she leads the A Grade Side against Nagambie.
Lisa first joined the club in 2003 playing B Grade where she was apart of the premiership winning team. She was also a part of the other B Grade premierships in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 having missed seasons 2004 and 2007 with the birth of her children.
In 2013 Lisa moved away with her family and was playing GVL with Mansfield FNC where she won their A Grade Best and Fairest in 2014, 2015, 2016 but came back home to Tally in 2017 before taking the reigns as Head Coach in season 2018 and 2019.

Netball Victoria, The Mallee Sports Assembly, Donald Netball Club, Donald High School and the Donald Primary School have been working together for the past 6 weeks to provide increased physical activity options for people of all abilities. This is also supported by Sport & Recreation of Victoria who also focus on inclusive sport & recreation.

We had participants and staff from McCallum Day Services-St Arnaud, Woodbine-Warracknabeal and community members attend each week. The sessions included warm up drills, goal shooting practice and then followed by an energetic and fun game of netball. 

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. 

We had the Netball Victoria Indigenous Community Clinic in Shepparton hosted at Rumbalara on Sunday August 4th. We had 12 participants undertake a session focusing on different attacking and defending skills.
Our participants were full of energy and enjoyed the session with lots of new skills learnt to take to the netball court.

Congratulations to Debbie Atkinson on her recent induction into the Goulburn Valley League’s Hall of Fame.

Debbie Atkinson became a sensation when she burst onto the scene as a Shepparton Swans player in the second year of the competition1984. Debbie had played her junior netball in the Shepparton Netball Association and the Swans were aware of her talent and recruited her to play in the GV competition. Debbie was just what the Swans needed as she showed her talents in attack and as a goal shooter and helped to put winning scores on the board for the red and white colours. 

From her first game, the umpires were very impressed with Debbie’s performance. She amassed 39 votes to win the Wellman family medal as best player in the League. It was a triumph for the Swans, Debbie also won the Swans best player award in a preview of what was to follow.

However Debbie chose to play with her friends at Ardmona the next year, where she won the KDL Netball medal.

She returned to the Swans in 1986 and won her second Swans best player award and her second Wellman medal.

1987 saw Debbie coaching and playing with the Wunghnu Netball team in the Picola League.

Debbie was chosen in the Australian indigenous Netball team and played in an international competition in the Cook Islands.

She returned for a third season with the Swans in 1988 where once again, she was successful in winning her third Wellman Family medal as she helped the Swans team become runner up in A Grade and won the Swans best player trophy again. Debbie was also selected in the GVNL ”All Stars” team, voted by all clubs.

Debbie spent her final season with the Swans in a wonderful culmination of her 78 games in red and white, celebrating the 1989 A Grade premiership.

It was not surprising that Debbie was inducted into the Swans Hall of Fame in 2013.

Debbie is still involved with Netball, as the mother of 5 netballers who are all goal shooters, she keeps busy helping them compete in the sport.

The Goulburn Valley League now recognises Debbie Atkinson’s performance and welcomes her as the second netballer to be inducted as member of the GVL Hall of Fame.

Netball Victoria partnered with AFL GM and Valley Sport to hold a Come and Try day at Mansfield Football Netball Club. An invitation was sent to all the Specialist Schools in the area to come along in their team colours. The weather was perfect and everyone had a blast. Look forward to next year!

Net Set Go Week was a huge success across the state with lots of centers running a “Come and Try” session. Horsham City Netball Association ran their very own Come and Try night with lots of participants having a go at their first taste of netball.
We also had a strong focus of promoting boys netball in the area which saw a number of boys turn up ready to learn the game of netball.

Kangaroo Flat FNC have great pleasure in being able to celebrate and commemorate Alicia Gladman this weekend, as she takes to the court for the Flat in her 250th game at the Club.

Alicia’s time at the Flat started back on 7th April 2001.   Her time with the Club has seen her be a prominent and well known defender, playing in the ring as either a GD or GK.  Over the years, she has managed to play an integral part in 7 successful premiership sides.

Over 16 years of playing netball and in that time, Alicia has brought into her and her husband Andrew’s world, 2 beautiful daughters; Chloe and Olivia

An amazing milestone and one that the club are extremely proud to be able to celebrate with Alicia.  Alicia is well known by all in the league for her tenacity, her aerial ability, and her consistent “can do” mental approach to any given game; be the team’s task big or little.  She strives to provide her team mates with the same enthusiasm and provides great encouragement to those around her.

Congratulations Alicia.

Kelli Halden chalks up another milestone for her beloved Tallygaroopna this weekend playing her 600th game for the club, where she remains the highest games holder at the club by 100 games and as such the only player to have ever reached such a feat.

Current B Grade Playing coach, Kelli has been with the club since 1987 and when she steps on the court will have played 396 A Grade and 203* B grade games.

In her 600-game career, she has three Premierships under her belt as coach with one of those as playing coach of the 2008 A Grade Flag where they finished as premiers & champions and also first A Grade premiership in Tally’s History.

She has coached 16 different teams across 4 grades, has won 13 club best and fairest along the way and filled in numerous committee positions across the years.

Kelli Halden nee Hosie has a long family history at the club, both parents’ also being life members of the club and also having played alongside Aunties, sisters, nieces, cousins etc. as well as this year getting the opportunity to play an A Grade game with her eldest daughter Cienna, while her youngest Marlee has joined the netball ranks in the 13 & Under age group this year.

She is not only a life member of the club which she was awarded in 1999, she is also a life member of the Kyabram District Football Netball League for her service on the KDL Board and within the league.

Kelli is an integral part of the club Tallygaroopna in its present but also its history and we wish her all the best in her 600th game.

Last week we celebrated NAIDOC week and took part in a couple of special events ran in the region.


We went to the celebrations in Maryborough at Princes Park and we had a netball game and clinic. Well done to all participants and umpires who took part on the day and to Anglicare for all their work done on the day and prior to the event.

Bendigo Children’s Day:

We also had lots of fun when we attended the 2019 NAIDOC Week Children’s Day in Bendigo. We had our goal scoring inflatable up with hundreds of children and families scoring many super shots. Great turn out and a big thanks to Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-Operative for having us.

Our team attended the 2019 Western Victorian Careers Expo in Horsham. The Western Victorian Careers Expo is the largest Expo in the state to provide information on career opportunities to Western Victorian students, school leavers, job seekers, career changes and to people who are considering further study or training.

We spoke about some opportunities we provide at Netball Victoria such as our online training courses such as the online Foundation Coaching and Umpiring coaches, and yes we had plenty of goal scorers on our inflatable! 

In term 2 we ran a program at the Shepparton English Learning Centre. The 4 week program consisted of the participants learning the sport of netball such as focusing on ball handling skills, defense and footwork.

By the end of the program we had all participants on the court playing their first game of netball. Lots of fun had, we can’t wait to come back!

Get Involved


Northern Region Manager
(03) 5434 2417

Netball Participation Coordinator (Shepparton)
(03) 5823 9807

Netball Participation Coordinator (Bendigo)
(03) 5434 2422