M League 2014 – Grand Finals have arrived!!!!

After some spectacular and thrilling netball action at SNHC last Wednesday night the 2014 M League Grand Finalists have all been determined.

In a highly skilled, physical match in Premier Mens, the Southern Seahawks fought their way back from a 6 goal deficit at three quarter time to defeat Western Ice 56-54. Western Ice were very slick in attack from the first whistle and produced some scintillating netball. Corey Jackson had an outstanding game at GS missing only a handful of goals for the match and his combination with Daniel Cooke was on fire for the majority of the match. Trailing for the first three quarters, Southern Seahawks threw caution to the wind in the last to try and create some much needed turnover ball. The move of Andrew Lewis from GA to GK and Asa Alefaio from GK to GD proved a master stroke. The experienced midcourt of Adam Boldiston, Andrew Simons and James Robertson got on top of their younger rivals and showed their composure in the pressure cooker of the last few minutes, delivering crucial ball to their goalers which was finished off at a perfect 15 from 15 as the Seahawks sealed the win by 2. Seahawks now face the bench mark this season in Bayside Braves tonight at the SNHC in what will be a very entertaining match. You can witness all the action from 8.30pm on Show Court 1! Be there……..!

In Division One Mens, Northern Bullets suffered an early injury to one of their key playmakers in Josh Elllis and were forced to play out the match with only 6 players.  They put up a gallant effort but were outclassed by Eastside Saints 52-36. Saints now take on the talented and very consistent Northern Titans in what should be another very entertaining match of cat and mouse.

Premier Mixed saw the reigning premiers Bayside Bears prove to classy for Southern Squirtles, winning 54-38. Can Windsor Wilderbeasts defeat Bayside Bears in the Grand Final or will the Bears win yet another title? Watch all the action unfold from 7pm on Court 1.

It could be a night of double celebration for Northern Titans with their mixed team also winning through to the Grand Final with a composed 51-35 victory over Melbourne Meerkats. Titans now face the very young and enthusiastic Yarra Valley Young Guns in what promises to be an exciting Grand Final for the Division One Mixed trophy.

Get along to the State Netball and Hockey Centre from 7pm tonight to witness some of the most talented netballers in the state as they battle it out for supremacy! The season MVP’s will also be announced following the completion of each match.

Get your backside, courtside!!!!!!!!!!!

M LEAGUE 2014 – Prelim finals heating up!

Semi final action last week saw some thrilling games of netball.

In the Premier mixed division, nothing separated Windsor Wilderbeasts and Southern Squirltes for the first 3 quarters with the lead see-sawing several times. However, in the final period, Wilderbeasts experience shone through with their two Victorian Open Men reps, Daniel Cooke and Andrew Simons leading the way and helping their side to a 51-47 victory. In the other semi final, the class and experience of Bayside Bears proved too much for Ravens as Bears ran out comfortable winners 56-34.

Whilst in Division One, Yarra Valley Young Guns proved why two of their young men (Riley Richardson and Brodie Roberts) have been selected in the 2015 Victorian Open Mens Team with a crushing 69-41 victory over an injury depleted Melbourne Meerkats. And in the 3 v 4 battle, the Titans’ experienced heads got them across the line 49-38 against a gallant Eastside Sonics who have also been hit hard by injury and illness throughout the season.

In the Premier Mens division, the Bayside Braves proved why they have remained undefeated throughout the year with a comfortable win over Western Ice. With 5 current or former Open state reps and some of the most exciting junior talent in Victoria, the Braves were a class above Ice, coasting to victory 56-40. Ice showed glimpses of brilliance and fought till the end to get the closest to the Braves out of any team this year and they will be hoping to earn another crack at them in the Grand Final.

In the minor semi final, the Seahawks and Thunder battled out an entertaining match with the mid-court experience of the Seahawks proving the difference between the two teams. Seahawks winning 62-51.

Division One Mens produced the closest semi final with the Northern Titans getting across the line 45-43 over the Northern Bullets. The Bullets now face a determined Eastside Saints in the prelim final, with Saints defeating a vastly improved Doncaster & Districts team 50-38.

Get along to the State Netball & Hockey Centre this Wednesday night from 7pm to witness the exciting prelim finals unfold!!

PRELIMINARY FINALS

Premier Mixed – Southern Squirtles v Bayside Bears – 7pm (Court 1)

Division One Mixed – Melbourne Meerkats v Northern Titans – 7pm (Court 2)

Premier MENS – Western Ice v Southern Seahawks – 8.30pm (Court 1)

Division One MENS – Northern Bullets v Eastside Saints – 8.30pm (Court 2)

M LEAGUE 2014 – Semi Finalists confirmed!

Season 2014 has proven to be one of the most evenly balanced, competitive seasons we have had across both Mens and Mixed divisions.

After 15 weeks of grueling, hard fought netball, the semi finalists in each of the 4 divisions have now been finalised. Can anyone stop the talent laden Bayside Braves in Premier Mens? Can Bayside Bears come from third to win back-to-back-to-back titles in Premier Mixed? Who will prevail in Division One Mens? Will the Young Guns shoot down their opposition and clinch their first trophy?

Get along to the State Netball and Hockey Centre from 7pm tomorrow night to witness all the action……

PREMIER MENS

Bayside Braves (1) v Western Ice (2) – Court 1 @ 8.30pm

Southern Seahawks (3) v Western Thunder (4) – Court 2 @ 8.30pm

DIVISION ONE MENS

Northern Bullets (1) v Northern Titans (2) – Court 3 @ 8.30pm

Eastside Saints (3) v Doncaster & Districts (4) – Court 5 @ 8.30pm

PREMIER MIXED

Windsor Wilderbeasts (1) v Southern Squirtles (2) – Court 1 @ 7pm

Bayside Bears (3) v Richmond Ravens (4) – Court 2 @ 7pm

DIVISION ONE MIXED

Yarra Valley Young Guns (1) v Melbourne Meerkats (2) – Court 3 @ 7pm

Eastside Sonics (3) v Northern Titans (4) – Court 5 @ 7pm

Victorian Cyclones represent Australia – our 17&U at the NZ Championships

Congratulations to the young Men representing the Aus Sonix in New Zealand. You have represented Australia well and we cant wait to see you back in Navy soon!!!!

Well done boys!!!

It was a fantastic tournament, even getting coverage on Māori TV – http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/te-kaea/S11E254/te-kaea – the segment starts at the 13:15 mark.

Coaches appointed for 2015 National Championship

We are very happy to announce the appointment of coaches for the 2015 national championships to be contested in Sydney next year.

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted applications for coaching positions, and congratulations to our newly appointed coaching staff.

Open Men – Christina Puopolo
Open Mixed – Jody Viktorin
Mens Reserve 1 – Jenni Lewis
Mens Reserve 2 – Mel Starr
Mixed Reserve – Shirley Fromberg
23 U Men – Marianne McKay
23 U Development – Craig Moore
20 U Men – Grant Crocker
17 U Boys – Geoff Taylor
17 U Development – Lisa Mynott

The competition heats up!

Round 5 is done and dusted and our leaders are beginning to establish themselves at the top of the table.

Bayside Braves continued their winning ways with a convincing 68-37 win over the Southern Seahawks. The Southern Seahawks will certainly be disappointed and would have looked for a closer margin.

Western Thunder’s win over NSEW Falcons has now jumped them up to 3rd spot on the ladder. Sam Owen stood up as the 53-34 win will certainly help as Thunder look to push towards a finals spot later in the year.

Kardinia Spartans put their first win on the board with an 18 goal triumph over Doncaster. The 49-31 win sees Kardinia rise from bottom spot on the ladder. Lead by Michael Potaro the control and speed was too much for the young Doncaster outfit.

The Battle of the North match between Titans and Bullets came down to the last few seconds as titans couldn’t score to equalise the game. In a match that went goal for goal Bullets came out eventual winners 42-41.

A 13 goal win for Western Ice also keeps them in touch with Bayside Braves at the top as they defeated Eastside Saints 60-47. Both side brought a strong physicality to the match especially over the transverse area with Ice able to capitalise on more turnovers to run out eventual winners.

With the first five rounds completed the teams look to be spreading out. Will anyone be able to halt the Braves impressive run? Can Falcons get their first win of the season?

Round 6 promises to be one of our most exciting yet – so get your backside courtside tonight!