June Rising Stars Announced

June Rising Stars Announced

21st July 2023

Congratulations to our two Rising Star recipients for the month of June.

Ava Melbourne
Traralgon Tyers UnitedU17 Netball

Ava is very passionate and dedicated to playing netball at club level and at representative level for the League. Ava has also been part of the Gippsport Netball Academy. Ava has shown her versatility and desire to play at senior level over the past couple of years. 

This year Ava was selected in the B grade senior team whilst still playing 17&U age group. Ava provides a versatile addition to both the 17&U team and our senior B-grade team, with her talent extending across a number of playing positions, in particular mid-court and goals. Ava is flexible and understanding of each role asked of her. In particular, Ava has fitted well into the senior team and demonstrates maturity and promise as a strong senior asset in the coming years.

Ava has shown great initiative as a captain for our 17&U team this year and previous years, leading her team and demonstrating a positive attitude and motivating her players to play to the best of their ability.

Ava takes the 17&U team through their warm up every Saturday and displays great leadership skills by motivating the players before they go on court, during the match and then during the post match cool down.

Ava leads by example and encourages teammates to stay positive. Ava supports the club with off court duties and is usually the first one to help out if extra work needs to be done. She has played 37 junior games and 22 senior games since she began her netball career with the club’s U15 team. During her time at TTU Ava has always been committed to the club, with regular

attendance at training and games. Ava has become a great role model for our junior players, demonstrating good sportsmanship, a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, follow instructions, uses her initiative and ask questions to assist with her development. Ava is definitely a rising star having won numerous club awards, including best finals player with D grade last year and winning the 17&U players player award. Ava also polled well, with league votes finishing in the top 5 each year. Ava strives for excellence every week through her hard work and dedication to being the best she can be.

Spencer Fox

Spencer has continued to work hard at his game and his determination to “be his best” is now shining through. Spencer is a well respected member of our senior player group, at just 20 he is providing an important link between our young Thirds players and our senior team.

He continually sets a great example of how team sport should be played and is a held in high regard by the players, members and our supporters.

“Spencer has been determined to develop into a key forward and has worked tirelessly to improve his tank and also his marking ability. Whether it’s during training sessions or mid game Spencer is always looking for areas to improve his individual game and also output for the team. His accurate goal kicking is a result of hours spent in front of the big sticks before and after trainings.”

Jeremy Reid. RFNC senior Coach

Not only is Spencer excelling on the field, he’s working just as hard around the Club. Spencer is often the first one to check with the canteen crew or committee on any jobs that may doing. Always eager to assist, whether it be bin duties, cleaning up tables after a function, or cleaning up the changerooms, it is never an issue for him to help around the Club. You can also often find him assisting on the gate selling raffle tickets.