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International Volunteer Day

On 5 December we celebrated International Volunteer Day.

International Volunteer Day provides an opportunity for us to raise awareness of the contributions volunteers make to the local, national and international communities.

Netball Victoria would like to take this opportunity to thank our many volunteers from throughout the Western Region for your dedication and hard work in 2017.

Keep going volunteers, you are doing a wonderful job!

Rock Up Netball thrives in Ararat

Rock Up Netball was a huge success in Ararat with 25 people participating in the four-week program.

Rock Up Netball is a new way to play.  Developed in conjunction with VicHealth, the program is tailored to meet the different fitness and skill levels of women aged 15 years and over.

This was a perfect off-season program, encouraging people to stay active or to come and try netball in a non-competitive environment.

“We were really excited to bring Rock Up Netball to Ararat. We had a really great mix of people involved in the program and everyone really enjoyed themselves,” said Netball Victoria Western Region Manager, Mel Taylor.

Rock Up Netball was supported by Ararat Rural City Council and was part of the Ararat Active series of events.

Fast5 Secondary School Competition

Over the past four weeks students from Ballarat Christian College and Caranballac P-12 Jamieson Way Campus, Point Cook participated in Sporting Schools Fast5 program.

During these sessions students got to experience playing the dynamic version of Fast5 netball.

The Fast5 Sporting Schools Program includes learning alternative roles to playing the game. Students get the opportunity to Score, Coach, Umpire and Time Keep.

Geelong English Language Centre - Introduction to Netball Program

Almost 100 students from the Geelong English Language Centre participated in an Introduction to Netball program.

Students learnt the basic skills of netball and developed an understanding of the game.  The program concluded with a Gala Day where everyone took part in a series of skill activities and round robin matches.

“This was a great way to encourage students to give netball a go, to learn the skills and then put them into practice.”

“The program went really well and the students all had a great time.  Even the very new Geelong English Language Centre students were included and had a fun introduction to netball.”

Barwon Respect Cup

Over one hundred Year 9 students from nine high schools competed in the fifth annual Barwon Respect Cup – an interschool netball competition to raise awareness of Violence Against Women.

Students assembled at Kardinia Park, Geelong for the event.

Mel Taylor, Netball Victoria’s Western Region Manager said the focus of the round robin netball tournament was to promote positive, healthy relationships.

“It’s great that Netball Victoria can be involved in raising awareness of an issue that has such a big impact on the community.  These schools are really excited to come together and take part in the Barwon Respect Cup”.

“The Barwon Respect Cup is now in its fifth year.  This event is about involving young people in conversations about healthy relationships, respect, and letting them know they can be part of changing attitudes to inequality and family violence.”

Geelong High took out the Barwon Respect Cup for the second year running.

Yannanayowoit Dullallally Football Netball Carnival

The Ballarat & District Aboriginal Cooperative together with the NAIDOC Sports Committee delivered the 2017 Statewide Koori Football and Netball carnival in October.  The carnival has grown into an important platform for promoting a holistic approach health and wellbeing among Aboriginal Victorians.

This carnival bought together all of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from across Victoria to strengthen and renew relationships.

46 netball teams participated in the 2017 Carnival.  More than 1,500 football and netball competitors and 3,500 spectators flocked to competition venues in the Ballarat sports precinct.

The carnival also included activities for families and children including Indigenous hip hop, live entertainment on the stage, football themed inflatables, face painting, local artists and more.

Association/League Membership

Netball Victoria Associations/Leagues have an opportunity to align with the Melbourne Vixens for season 2018 by taking up an Association/League Membership at NO COST. By doing this, Associations and Leagues help to strengthen the alliance between grass roots and elite netball in Victoria.

For more information or to sign up visit the Melbourne Vixens website.


Get Involved

NetSetGO School Holiday Program
Date: Wednesday 17 January
Time: 10am to 1pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Corio Leisuretime Centre
To register, email [email protected]


Netball Victoria School Holiday Clinic
Date: Monday 22 January
Time: 9.30am to 12pm (7 to 11 years) | 12.30 to 3pm (12 to 15 years)
Cost: $40
Location: Kardinia Park, Kilgour Street, South Geelong
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Mel Taylor – Western Region Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0439 331 699