Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Good Luck to the Junior Rep Players
This weekend, Hastings Valley Netball Association are sending four teams to the NSW State Age Netball Championships in Sydey. Teams aged 12 through to 15 are competing in Divison 2 of the 4 graded Divisions, with all games being played at the Bankstown Netball complex.
For the 12 Years team this will be their first outing at a State event. The other teams have a mixture of experienced and new players.
The games are played over three days of constant games with few long breaks between games. It is a test of the girls fitness as much their netball talent.
The 12s & 14s are playing 18 games, 13s are playing 19 games, all against a mix of Sydney and country teams; while the 15s have it a little easier playing 17 games against mostly country teams made up of the strongest teams outside Sydney.
The weekend is another big event for Hastings Valley Netball Association, coming a few weeks after the Senior players attended the State Championships at Baulkham Hills. About 60 players, coaching staff, umpires and officials will be representing the Hastings Valley Netball Assoc, drawn from clubs in Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Camden Haven.
Each of the coaches have taken the time to talk about their team.
Although this is the first year of playing at Representative Netball all 10 players are ready for the 3 days of competition. Like all other associations we are all “unknown” but we have been lucky that over our training period of 5 months we have attended five inter-association representative carnivals where we have been very competitive against these teams.
We have a very strong defence combination consisting of Tylah Bloomfield, Taylah Reid, Jade Horton and Emma Marsden. The quick and controlled attacking combinations of Molly Fraser, Courtney Kelly- Scholes and Abby Swarbrick support these players in the mid court. The number of goals scored wins games and we are lucky to have Logan Hives, Jade Milroy and Cassidy New who are ready to put “the ball through the ring”.
Our main focus of the weekend is to play hard and smart netball but to enjoy the competition and make the most of every opportunity.
COACH: Lyndall Lett. MANAGER: Danni Wotherspoon
Hastings Valley 13’s are excited and rearing to go. The team has been training twice a week since the beginning of the season and are reaping the rewards as results from regional carnivals show. Their personal trainer, Paula Gabriel, says that the hard work they’ve put in has really paid off. The girl’s speed and agility has increased and the sessions have promoted a great sense of team spirit. Coach, Helen Miles, expects that the team will finish the competition in the top 5. We have some exciting additions to the team this year, shooter Claudia Bastable is joined by Katie Jonasson and Kirra Trottman whose speed and accuracy are a great boon to the team. Jordan Gilmour has this year switched ends to become a defender with Sinead McNamara, and Britney Duck whose height adds strength as a circle defender. Natasha Woodbury, 2010 defender has moved to centre court adding an exciting defensive edge to the middle to combine with the speed of Taneisha Collins and Jessica Slater, and steady strength of Eliza Colby.
COACH: Helen Miles. MANAGER: Kylie McNamara.
HVNA 14`s have been counting down the sleeps in preparation for State Age and we are excited about our chances to do well. The coach (Nat Jordan) and manageress (Mel O`Reilly) are very confident that the team can improve on last years results where they finished mid-field.
At lead-up events, the team has competed against many of the teams they will face at State Age. Whilst results were mixed in those events, there were many lessons learned and it was crucial preparation for the team to know what will face them at State Age. The new four division format at State Age means that there are a number of strong metropolitan teams in division 2 but we feel that the girls are ready to secure a position in the top portion of the ladder.
The team has had to adjust to some positional changes throughout the lead-up carnivals and have now settled into a very strong combination across the court. All players know what their role is and what their contribution needs to be. The girls have trained really well in the last month and managed some little injuries to put themselves in the best position to be ready for this weekend.
The 15 years rep team has been working towards State Age since early March. Injury worries caused some concern but all players are now fit and looking forward to the challenge ahead. The team is happy and united, displaying determination and sportsmanship in all carnivals this season. I anticipate an intense three days of tough competition but know these girls will give their all.
Tylah Bloomfield (Captain)
Courtney Kelly –Scholes (Vice Captain)
Lyndall Lett (Coach)
Danni Wotherspoon (Manager)
Helen Miles - coach
Kylie McNamara - Manager
Emma Caire (c)
Eliza Grose (vc)
Samantha Coppin .
Natalie Jordan (Coach)
Melissa O`Reilly (Manageress)
15 Team members are
Brittney Rudd (capt)
Coach- Ann Heaton
Manager- Marg Morgan
Apprentice Coach- Toni Gordon.