Coach Bridget Corcoran
Association Championships is a chance for all rep players from our zone (Eastern) to be Talent Identified.
This is to have the opportunity to try out for Netball Victorias Talent pathway. It’s also a great opportunity for players to represent their leagues or associations with pride.
The morning started out very chilly but turned into a fresh but sunny winters day. The under 15 team was coached by Jess Anderson (Heyfield) and managed by Bridget Corcoran (Sale City) and was made up of a great mix of up-and-coming players from our league. Chloe Fox (Sale City) Eva Corcoran (Sale City) Isabelle Foley (Rosedale) Lexi Charles (TTU) Lexie Francis (Woodside) Lily Carmody (Sale City) Natalie Begovic (Sale City) Tess Anderson (Heyfield) Etse Imhagwe (TTU) – Out with Injury on the day Ruby Christian (Heyfield) and emergency fill ins for the season Georgia Ronchi (Heyfield) and Emily Hustwayte (Woodside).
The girls started the day with a loss to Ellinbank by just 2. Next saw them play their mates from Sale Netball Association and come away with a draw. Then a loss to friendly rivals Gippsland League, followed by a win over Traralgon Association. With another loss to powerhouse Moe Association, they dug deep and had a convincing win over Mid Gippsland FNL and then a small loss to West Gippsland. Which saw them finish 5th on the ladder for the day, narrowly missing out on finals.
These young ladies were an absolute pleasure to look after. Their discipline and determination to be their best was evident in their improvement over the season. They made some great new friends and opened their eyes to the real people who are normally their opposition. Best of luck for the remainder of the season ladies. The league is in good hands with these talented young women coming through the ranks.
UNDER 17 RED
Coach Deb Fox
The North Gippsland League was well represented in the 2023 Eastern Association Championships by 3 teams. One U15’s team and two U17’s teams. The Red U17’s Team consisted of Alyssa Edwards (TTU), Chloe Scott (Sale City), Ciara Fitt (Sale City), Emma Best (Sale City), Maddison Hodgson (Rosedale), Regan Clappton (Sale City), Reigan Leeson (Rosedale), Tilly Fox (Rosedale) and India Dean (Sale City). The team started the day slowly with an 11-1 goal loss to West Gippsland. The second game saw the girls fire up and get a win against Bairnsdale 14-6. The third and fourth games were tough opposition against Ellinbank FNL and Gippsland League going down in both. We then had the bye, regrouped, and came out strong after lunch notching up 2 consecutive wins to land ourselves 4ht on the ladder and into the qualifying final. The team played their hearts out and left nothing on the table. Unfortunately, we went down 14-15 against West Gippsland, which was a significant improvement from out first encounter earlier in the day. I am super proud of the efforts of all the girls, they showed resilience, great sportsmanship, skill and above all else have made some fantastic friendships. Awesome Effort all round and I big Thank you to Corrie Dean for being our Team Manager over the tournament season.
UNDER 17 BLACK
Coach Leah Leeson
Players Alira Robinson (Gormandale), Georgia Anderson (Sale City), Georgia Vardy (Glengarry), Lily Buckley (TTU), Lily Ryan (Cowwarr), Lily Stokes (Heyfield), Summah Aitken (TTU), Tori Bird (Sale City)
Congratulations and well done to all participating players at the association champs. It was a tough day if you looked at the scoreboard, but I don’t feel this was a true reflection of your performance.
There were many moments of growth and positivity throughout the day, I challenged you to back yourself, commit, and if unsuccessful, give me 2nd effort.
All players stood up, never gave up and had their moments. Thank you for embracing the opportunity and challenge, go well at club level.