The weather made for very difficult playing conditions throughout the day as Traralgon hosted the 2022 Netball Victoria Association Championships.
With far from ideal weather conditions, the morning started off freezing, cold and raining, not great for some of the players battling illness.
This tournament was the chance for all players to be talented identified and an opportunity for all to represent their football netball leagues and local clubs with pride.
Our girls decked out in the RED & WHITE, did just that!
Congratulations to all the NGFNL teams!
The 15&Under Open team coached by Jess Anderson gained some very impressive wins and the Reserve 15&U team coached by Deb Fox narrowly missing out on a Grand final berth yet again. Well done to our up and coming junior talent, they are all playing and showing so much improvement over the last few months.
The 17&U Reserve team started out with some tough and close games, unfortunately losing to Warragul Drouin by 1 and drawing with East Gippsland.
During the tournament they really came together as a unified side, they shone under Libby Nicols guidance as they worked together. They all should be super proud of their efforts!
Each and every girl has improved immensely over the last couple of months.
The 17&Under Open team started out slowly, built as the day progressed, adapted to the weather conditions and played some quality netball throughout the day. Not only are these girls incredible players to coach and mentor, but they are also incredibly humble and polite people, an absolute pleasure to coach. These girls are determined and disciplined, it was awesome to see them enjoying their netball and playing as a team, they have become wonderful friends even though they come from different clubs. The camaraderie was evident with the giggling and the laughter during warmups, even though it was icy cold these girls found greatness in each other, trusting of one another.
During the fierce competition, they managed to come up against Gippsland, yet again and take the win for our proud North Gippsland FNL in the Grand final by 1 goal.
I honestly couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this great league and be a part of this talented team.
We now look forward to competing in the Finals Day on Sunday 24th July at the State Netball Centre, Melbourne.