Netball is back and it started with a bang on Wednesday. Here’s the low down on this week’s games.
We start with Bayside Braves who cement their spot as early season favourites with a convincing win over a depleted reigning premiers Western Thunder 61-29. Lacking experience in goals Thunder struggled to convert as Wil Jamison Imposed himself at the back with young talent Mitch Gray. Lead in attack by James Matthews, Thunder were unable to stop the flow and ease of ball into the circle.
Fortunes were a little better for the rebranded 2013 finalists Southern Seahawks who were a surprising 24 goal winners against Eastside Saints. Lead by a solid midcourt the Seahawks didn’t look worried as they ran out convincing winners in what was shaping up to be a close game. The Seahawks took a solid victory, 68-44.
Western Ice shook off a hesitant first quarter to secure a 61-37 win over 2013 surprise packets Northern Titans. Welcoming back Rein Kivivali to MLeague in defence and a rock-solid first game from Billy Mahoney in Centre will make him one to watch for the season ahead. A solid performance from Dave Hirst was not enough to keep Titans in the game to trouble the Ice men as a well fed circle and sharp shooting from Corey Jackson pushed the lead out to an unassailable lead.
Northern Bullets avenged their loss to Kardinia Spartans in the Division 1 prelim of 2013 by inflicting a solid 51-32 defeat. Captain Josh Ellis was very solid upfront as Tim Malmo and Stephen Chambers really shut down the Spartan’s goal circle.
Newcomers Doncaster and Districts held their nerve to come up 6 goal winner 46-40 over NSEW Falcons. The boys in Blue were lead from the front by Craig Moore, with Andrew Dike providing a strong drive through the middle. The return and speed of former Opens representative was unable to lift Falcons to the win.
Coming up next week Saints and Thunder will be looking to keep each other on the losers list and damage the others chances of reaching the finals series, while Titans unfortunately run into the Braves. Ice will go in heavy favourites against Falcons and Northern Bullets will want to keep their momentum going against winners this week Doncaster.
You can view all of the results and fixtures for Men’s and Mixed here. Thanks to Insportz Knox for hosting our ladders and fixtures.
Remember to hashtag #vicmleague #mensnetball and check us out on Instagram @mens_netball_vic as we return next week with more news and views in the world of men’s netball.
2014 is going to be an exciting year for Mens’ and Mixed Netball in Melbourne, with the launch of the first Junior MLeague.
Played at the Darebin Sports Centre and kicking off on the 26th of May, the Junior MLeague competition hopes to foster the passion of the game with our junior players and keep them playing all year round.
Special Playing Conditions:
- All players must be 23 years old or younger
- No more than three Victorian 23/under representatives on court at any one time
- Females permitted
- Maximum of three females on court at any one time – no minimum required
Team entries and individual entries are welcome – so don’t hesitate to get in touch and get on board.
For further information or to sign up and register please contact the organisers:
Craig Moore – 0402017383 – email@example.com
Travis Eccles – 0418301809 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can grab a sign up form and get into the action.
Melbourne’s most exciting netball competition, MLEAGUE is just around the corner.
The Victorian Men’s Netball League again offers elite Men’s & Mixed netball.
The new season commences on Wednesday July 16 at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Parkville.
Team entries close on Friday, July the 4th, and places are limited, so get your team together and register now!
If your club or association would like to be involved the VMNL would like to hear from you. Individual entries are also welcome.
Special Playing Conditions
In the interests of developing a strong, even competition, the VMNL wants to ensure teams are not “loaded-up” with senior Victorian representative players. With this in mind the following POINTS system will be in place:
||Max 20 Points on Court
||Max of 2 x 5 point players permitted on Court
|Division 1 Men’s
||No 5 point players permitted
|Division 1 Mixed
||No 5 point players permitted
The VMNL committee provides a full list of the points allocated to each player.
Download a copy of the 2014 M-LEAGUE Regulations
We are delighted to announce the 2014 Victorian Cyclones touring squad who will be competing at the 2014 National Championships in Brisbane from Sunday April 20th to Saturday April 26th. These championships mark the 30th year in the history of the Australian Men’s & Mixed Netball Association and promise to produce some exciting netball action for all spectators and supporters.
Good luck to all Victorian representatives and officials!
Congratulations to all teams who took part in the exciting and hard fought Grand Finals on Wednesday Night and also to the MVP award winners in each division.
We hope to see you all back in season 2014 which promises to be even better!!!
SEASON 2013 RESULTS
WESTERN THUNDER 55 def NORTH WEST WALLABIES 42
GRAND FINAL MVP – Daniel Cooke (Western Thunder)
SEASON MVP – Brodie Roberts (Western Thunder)
DIVISON ONE MENS
WESTSIDE WOMBATS 42 def KARDINIA SPARTANS 38
GRAND FINAL MVP – David Coy (Westside Wombats)
SEASON MVP – James Robertson (Eastern Power)
BAYSIDE BEARS 50 def RICHMOND RAVENS 30
GRAND FINAL MVP – Sophie O’Kane (Bayside Bears)
SEASON MVP – Ricky Papara (Richmond Ravens)
DIVISION ONE MIXED
EASTSIDE SONICS 54 def MONASH MEGAHAWKS 45
GRAND FINAL MVP – Tim Malmo (Monash Megahawks)
SEASON MVP – Tim Malmo (Monash Megahawks)
After 2 weeks of hard fought finals, the 2013 Grand Finalists have been determined.
Come down to the State Netball & Hockey Centre next Wednesday 4th December to witness some skilful and exciting netball. The action kicks off at 7pm.
PRELIMINARY FINALS RESULTS:
RICHMOND RAVENS 55 def WESTSIDE WOMBATS 32
DIVISION ONE MIXED
EASTSIDE SONICS 51 def CONTACT WD 28
NORTH WEST WALLABIES 51 def NORTHERN TITANS 45
DIVISION ONE MENS
KARDINIA SPARTANS 48 def NORTHERN BULLETS 38
GRAND FINALS – WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER
PREMIER MIXED – 7PM
COURT 1 – BAYSIDE BEARS v RICHMOND RAVENS
DIVISION ONE MIXED – 7PM
COURT 2 – MONASH MEGAHAWKS v EASTSIDE SONICS
PREMIER MENS – 8.30PM
COURT 1 – WESTERN THUNDER v NORTH WEST WALLABIES
DIVISION ONE MENS – 8.30PM
COURT 2 – WESTSIDE WOMBATS v KARDINIA SPARTANS
After an enthralling week of semi finals, the on court battles are sure to heat up even further next week in the Preliminary finals.
In the Premier Mixed Division, Bayside Bears won through to the Grand Final with a hard fought victory over Richmond Ravens 43-31. Next week, Richmond Ravens take on Westside Wombats in what is sure to be a tight and physical encounter. The last time these 2 teams met, the Wombats prevailed by a solitary goal, 58-57.
The qualifying final in Division One Mixed, saw Monash Megahawks prove too strong for a determined Eastside Sonics, winning comfortably 60-43. Whilst in the elimination final, Contact WD had a little extra in the tank and pulled away from a gritty Upanabouttt team in the last quarter to record a 48-38 victory. The preliminary final is sure to be an intriguing battle.
In the Premier Men’s Division, the experience of Western Thunder’s senior players proved too much for the ever improving North West Wallabies in the qualifying final. Thunder winning through to the Grand final with a 58-46 victory. Whilst in the elimination semi final, the Northern Titans turned a 4 goal deficit at 3 quarter time into a 4 goal victory over the Eastern Force, 48-44.
Northern Bullets will face off against Kardinia Spartans in the Division One Mens preliminary final next week after losing a tough battle with Westside Wombats 47-37. The Spartans are hitting form at the right time of the season with a resounding win over the Melbourne Juggernauts 57-20. They will be hoping they can carrying this hot form into next week’s do-or-die preliminary final.
Come along to the State Netball & Hockey Centre next week (Wednesday 27th November) to witness all the action unfold….!
PREMIER MIXED – 7pm
COURT 1 - RICHMOND RAVENS v WESTSIDE WOMBATS
DIVISION ONE MIXED – 7pm
COURT 2 – EASTSIDE SONICS v CONTACT WD
PREMIER MENS – 8.20pm
COURT 1 – NORTH WEST WALLABIES v NORTHERN TITANS
DIVISION ONE MENS – 8.20pm
COURT 2 – NORTHERN BULLETS v KARDINIA SPARTANS