<![CDATA[Netball - WMSport - Wimmera Mallee News]]> https://www.horshamtimes.com.au/wm-sport/netball/feed.xml Fri, 19 Apr 2024 14:00:00 +1000 en-AU Copyright Wimmera Mallee News 2024 <![CDATA[Horsham Saints start title defence]]> 92454dc1-8ba7-4918-b2f4-76d387b536f8 https://www.horshamtimes.com.au/horsham-saints-start-title-defence-2024-04-19 Fri, 19 Apr 2024 14:00:00 +1000 The Horsham Saints netballers will start their title defence at Coughlin Park when they host Stawell in round one of the Wimmera Football Netball League tomorrow.

In what is a scary proposition for opposing teams, the Horsham Saints senior netball team hasn't changed much at all and is in a strong place to defend their premiership from 2023.

Co-coached by Jess Cannane and Elly Barnett, they have a lot of young talent coming through the ranks such as U17 players Maddison Bethune and Cara Tippet, as well as Taya Quick coming from Natimuk.

The other big news is Jorja Clode will be able to play every game and is only growing as a player having nearly made the state team in the off-season and being named a training partner for the Bendigo Strikers Under-23 netball team.

Cannane is excited to be part of a strong group again and is looking forward to getting out there.

"It's a really exciting time only being a few days out from round one. We have been training since the end of last year and it will be nice to get back into it," Cannane said.

Minyip Murtoa hosts Nhill at Minyip Recreation Reserve. Kirby Knight leads a strong Burra contingent in her first year as senior coach, where she will coach A and B Grade.

Knight returns to the club following a stint with Learmonth where she won a premiership. Knight has coached juniors and C Grade before and is relishing the opportunity of coaching this season at a club she loves.

"It's a big opportunity for me and I am looking forward to coaching a great group of girls through both grades," Knight said.

There are a lot of new and returning faces for the Burras and there is some young talent coming up through the ranks.

Ash Rintoul and Tamika Mentha are back at the club. They also have four sisters playing - Claudia, Matilda, Johanna and Isabella Griffiths, which excites Knight. Laura Schuckar, TJ Kerrins and Lauren Dodgshun are also some of the other players who are back.

Tracey Bell and Emma Hawker are co-coaching the A Grade this year. Ellen Bennett and Larnie Hobbs are returning and Claudia Mcrae is coming back from a knee reconstruction.

Courtney Hillier is a new face and Elly Schumann from Jeparit Rainbow is also a new face who will be strong in defence.

Ararat will look to bounce back from their Good Friday loss when they host Horsham at Alexandra Oval.

The Demons have bolstered their list in 2024 and are expected to be up there again.Some of the new faces include Tahlia Thompson from Pimpinio, Britt Burns from Harrow Balmoral and Georgia Lowe from Noradjuha Quantong.

Ebonie Salter takes the reins as coach this year after returning to the club as a player last season.

At Sir Robert Menzies Park, the Southern Mallee Thunder and Warrack Eagles go head to head in the Thunder's debut in the league.

Leiah McKenzie has stepped into coaching for the first time this year for the Eagles and is a co-coach with Jess Erhardt.

They have an abundance of youngsters highlighted by Ava Koschitzke, Satine Malcolm, Lauren Clyne, Isabella Orszulak and Amber O'Connor.

The Thunder netballers are coached by Jodie Hayes, a Heather Hatcher Medalist and Steph Thomson, a premiership player and 2023 WFNL goal attack of the year.

Gabbi Rule has moved over from Birchip-Watchem in the NCNL and Connie Rule has signed and is a defender but is versatile and can play any position on the wing.

Caitlin Douglas will be traveling from Adelaide every week to play for the Thunder. Douglas is a two-time premiership player and can play at both ends of the court as a GD or GA.

Sydney Thorogood joins the club from Nhill in a big coup for the Thunder. She can play both ends, either as a GK or GS.

<![CDATA[Netball set to heat up in round two]]> 21d9af88-11dc-40a2-be9a-e96ddf0fd7a5 https://www.horshamtimes.com.au/netball-set-to-heat-up-in-round-two-2024-04-19 Fri, 19 Apr 2024 08:40:00 +1000 Following convincing wins last week, Laharum and Kalkee face off in a mouth-watering matchup when round two of the Horsham District Football Netball League gets underway tomorrow.

Laharum defeated Pimpinio by 38 goals whilst Kalkee enjoyed a 26-goal win over the Swifts.

Both teams are expected to feature at the pointy end this season so a close game is expected.

With Jenna Bywaters and Jarrah Martin for Kalkee and Caitlin Jones-Story and Maddison Iredell in good goal shooting form, supporters should be in for an exciting clash.

Edenhope Apsley host Noradjuha Quantong in what is expected to be another tight match following great wins last week by the respective clubs.

This is a good test for the reigning premiers with their new look team and a win would be massive.

Holly Nuske was brilliant for the Bombers last week in her first match for the club and if she repeats the effort in round two, that will go a long way to deciding the match.

At North Park, Swifts will look to bounce back when they host Kaniva Leeor. Kaniva Leeor returned to A-Grade with a bang last week, following a good win over Natimuk.

It's an important game for both Natimuk and Taylors Lake when they face off at Natimuk Showgrounds. Both teams were great last week despite losing.

Natimuk is in a rebuilding phase whilst the Lakers are looking to improve and play finals, so they can't afford to go 0-2.

In the final match, Jedda Heard makes her debut as coach of Rupanyup at home against Pimpinio. They have brought in some good recruits highlighted by Victoria Taylor from Pimpinio and Maddi Morgan and Meg Cashin from Minyip-Murtoa.

After a loss last week, this is an important match for a Tigers outfit eyeing finals and Tigers coach Jayde Ellis will have them firing.

<![CDATA[Kaniva Leeor victorious in return to A Grade]]> 4fe227a7-de03-4876-ad84-cc2594d0be8c https://www.horshamtimes.com.au/kaniva-leeor-victorious-in-return-to-a-grade-2024-04-15 Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +1000 After not fielding an A-Grade team last year, Kaniva Leeor returned to the A-Grade with a massive win over Natimuk at Kaniva Recreation Reserve.

They got out to an early 14-5 lead before extending the margin to 16 points at halftime. They scored a further 29 points to run out 56-21 victors. Danielle Hanson scored 10 goals for Natimuk with Blair Burke scoring a game-high 37 for the Cougars.

Coach Kylie King said it was a fantastic result for the club.

"It felt really good to be able to come out and get a convincing victory like that," King said.

"The scoreline was not reflective of the game. Natimuk were a very competitive side and we were able to convert goals better than they could.

"Credit to Natimuk, they were very competitive and it feels good to get a win."King was impressed at how well they came together as a team with a few new faces joining from their B Grade side from 2023.

"They gelled as a team better than expected and I was happy with their drive through the court and teamwork across the board. They played together as a real cohesive unit," King said.

"Whilst everyone played well there were three standouts on the day. Zoe Hawker has come back to the club after playing as a junior and was a standout in the center.

"Blair Burke was amongst our best and Nicki Hawker was also outstanding at goal defence before moving to goal attack due to an injury, scoring 12 goals after that change."

King said the team responded well after losing Abbey Croft and Melody Maddern to injuries.

"The team was doing well in the first quarter and the second quarter, injuries happened and the girls did well to adjust and settle into the game," King said.

King was impressed with Ruby Gordon an under-15 player, stepping in after the first injury.

"Ruby played a beautiful game. It was her first ever senior game and she handled it beautifully and is one to watch," King said.

"She is fit and young and I am looking forward to seeing how she develops this year."

Bombers' defeat improved Harrow Balmoral

At Quantong Recreation Reserve, the Bombers had a tough 58-33 win over an improved Harrow Balmoral outfit.

Shannon Couch started the season where she left off 2023 with an impressive 51 goals whilst Tori Dunstan was solid for the Southern Roos with 19 goals.

Brooke Pay was also brilliant for the Bombers down back whilst Megan Little and Febey McLure were the best for the Roos.

Holly Nuske started her new journey at the Bombers with a bang in the center after moving across from the Horsham Demons. Coach Fiona Rowe said she won their incentive award.

"Holly provides that extra drive and is super fit and fit in well with the team," Rowe said.

"Everyone did well. With the rolling subs, it didn't matter who we had in what position, we all connected and played hard for the four quarters and were consistent. The rolling subs will suit us this year and I am proud of the girls.

"Harrow brought a strong contested game and it was tough but we managed to hold them off and I couldn't be prouder of the girls for starting the season off on this note."

Southern Roos coach Emily Langley said she was impressed and proud of the girls.

"It was a great effort and a great start with a new team. There are a few things to build on but I am impressed with the girls on having a go and being competitive," Langley said.

"I am expecting the Bombers to be in the finals and it was a good benchmark to figure out what we need to work on and what we need to do well.

"It is the first season we are playing together and we need to start to develop connections and it came throughout the game and we also need to become used to a physical game of netball at a high standard."

"I am proud of the girls for having a go and was impressed with the first hit out and we can build from this."

Kees start season with a comfortable victory

At Kalkee Recreation Reserve, the Kees had a comfortable 55-29 win over the Swifts. Jenna Bywaters led the way with 28 goals whilst for the Swifts it was Rebbekkah Seeary leading the way with 16 with Lisa Monaghan and Isabella Robson also solid.

Kees coach Paula Wiedermann was thrilled with the game and is a fan of the new sub rule.

"We had a good first round. The girls are pretty excited and they played a great game," Wiedermann said.

"We had great rotations through the game with the subs and it allows flexibility in rotating the team and bringing on other players and it's great.

"We had some players that we wanted to get onto the court and we were able to try combinations and structures and we are fans of the rolling sub-rule."

Wiedermann said that everyone played well, but the two Martin girls at both ends of the court were brilliant.

"All the girls went out there and played extremely well," Wiedermann said.

"Jarrah Martin, one of our junior development players was strong up forward with 25 goals and has become stronger and more confident.

"Her sister Lotus at the other end played the majority of the. game and she was amazing. Her defence and pressure were awesome."

"Jenna Bywaters also had a great game up front and Penny Fister was brilliant. Overall, I am thrilled."

Reigning premiers secure win whilst Laharum make a statement

At Dock Lake Recreation Reserve, 41 goals to Lavinia Fox led the reigning premiers, Edenhope Apsley to 53-43 win over an improved Lakers side.

Recruit Tahlia Sailor chipped in with 12 goals as the two were named best players on the court.

For the Lakers, Tayla Eltze scored 29 goals with Chloe Kelm also having a solid game.At Pimpinio Sporting Complex, Laharum showed their hand with an impressive 71-33 win over Laharum.

Caitlin Jones-Story was brilliant with 41 goals with Maddison Iredell chipping in with 30, whilst Emalie Iredell and Olivia Jones-Story were brilliant throughout the game and named best on court.

For Pimpinio, Lana Ellis scored 16 goals whilst recruit Steph Runciman impressed as their best player with Jayde Ellis also having a solid game with 12 goals.

<![CDATA[Clean sweep for Stawell netballers]]> c43ae4e9-0395-4554-8b94-bdabe137f5f7 https://www.horshamtimes.com.au/clean-sweep-for-stawell-netballers-2024-04-02 Tue, 02 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +1100 Stawell netballers dominated Good Friday against Ararat winning all seven grades at North Park.

The A Grade won 59-33, B Grade, 34-31, C Grade, 46-15, C Reserve, 53-5, U17, 55-22, U15, 42-37 and U13, 33-3.

The A Grade got off to a good start, leading by four points at quarter time. It was in the second quarter that they started to assert their control, scoring 29 goals to 16 to lead 42-25 at halftime. Stawell maintained their dominance to run out 26 goal-winners.

Coach Jemma Clarkson said their fitness got them over the line, especially with the hot weather.

"It was always going to be a challenge with the weather. It was very hot out there," Clarkson said.

"I think that one thing that shone during our game was the second half. The girls have worked hard on their fitness and had the legs to run out a full game.

"They had a running program in play which offered different options depending on the athlete and whatever other preferred exercise they had, such as swimming or riding or gym, and they all worked hard and it showed."

Ebony Summers scored 38 goals for Stawell whilst Clarkson scored 14. Youngster Ayva Mitchell scored 7. For Ararat, it was Laney McLoughlan scoring 19 with Jessie Bligh contributing 14.

Clarkson said that Summers and Lisa Considine as captains were brilliant with their leadership.

"Ebony was a powerhouse in goals and had several defenders rotating onto her and she stood out and dominated in the ring," Clarkson said.

"She was a real leader. She was directive and instructive and offered a lot of encouragement, especially when youngster Ayva Mitchell was subbed on after playing in the 15u earlier."

"As for Lisa, she is a star. She was a rock in defence and hardly anything gets passed her. The goalies have to work hard and as she is not tall, she has a lot of spring in her step and works hard all game."

"Her voice is wonderful and she is constantly talking to and encouraging other players."Stawell will now play a practice match against St Arnaud at home this weekend and then will prepare for their round one clash against Horsham Saints on April 20.

Clarkson concluded that it is great to be able to play a practice match on their home court as they won't be playing at home until round two on April 27.

"We are very fortunate that we get to play St Arnaud and even more that it is on our home court as it's always nice to play on the home court."

<![CDATA[Netballers ready to hit the court]]> 5a65350a-ea65-4298-82f2-fb0328bea12e https://www.horshamtimes.com.au/netballers-ready-to-hit-the-court-2024-03-28 Thu, 28 Mar 2024 12:00:00 +1100 Stawell and Ararat A Grade Netball teams are looking forward to getting out on the court when they face each other tomorrow in their Good Friday clash.

Both teams have new coaches and boast an abundance of youth which will be on show on the big stage of Good Friday.

Stawell has appointed Jemma Clarkson and Rachel Wood as joint coaches in A-Grade this season. Wood comes back to the club after being involved with Navarre for the last two years and Clarkson is relishing her new coaching role.

Clarkson said that the game against Ararat is always tough regardless of where and when it's held.

"It doesn't matter where we finished when we come up against them, it's always a tough game," Clarkson said.

"The rivalry pushes the team to play its best netball and it's great to have a club that pushes you and drives you to win.

"We always expect a big game and this will be big and it's great it is on the Good Friday, and a lot of skills will be on display."

The club has some fresh faces and returning faces, highlighted by Madi Taylor. Clarkson said the girls are ready to go after a great pre-season.

"The girls are looking forward to Good Friday and want to come out and put a win on the board early," Clarkson said.

"Our lineup is young and fresh with many new faces and we are looking forward to having a good hit out.

"It is going to be warm so we need to make sure everyone is well hydrated and ready to go."

For Ararat, Sally Noble has returned to the club following a long absence. Recently Noble has been coaching at Sebastopol where they have made finals and she is looking forward to elevating Ararat to the next level.

They are a young team with some juniors impressing in pre-season, such as Sophie Cooper and Demi Bligh, and Noble said the enthusiasm of youth has them looking forward to Good Friday netball.

"I think they are very excited to start and the level of intensity and excitement is there," Noble said.

"We have focused on three things in training. A strong line defense, working on an easy fast exit through the mid-court and goal accuracy.

"My motto this year for them is to 'Work smarter, not harder,' so it will be good to see how all the practice goes into a game situation."