2015 Cyclones Teams announced

In 2015, the Victorian Cyclones touring squad will head to Sydney from April 5 to 11 for the Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball National Championships which are being held at the newly built Netball Central at Sydney Olympic Park.

Congratulations to all athletes who have been selected to represent the VMNL in 2015.

Team OPEN MEN OPEN MIXED MENS RESERVE  MENS RESERVE 2 MIXED RESERVES
Players Adam Boldiston Alicia Janz Christopher Cameron Alex Green Aaron Clarke
Andrew Simons Richard Lake Andrew Lewis Bryce Rowley Shae Gee
Brodie Roberts Bridget Aughton Asa Alefaio Bryn Matthews Brent Holtham
Daniel Cooke David Chisholm Brent Pace James McGann Chris O’Sullivan
James Matthews Elizabeth Nicol Clint Allwood Joshua Ellis Colin Croft
James Robertson Ely Harrison Corey Jackson Kurt Thompson James Hertan
Merrow Clough Jarrod Walker Jesse Boyd Phillip Pene Jane Higgs
Riley Richardson Natalie Tommasini John Ioane Ponifasio Smith Jenelle Paul
Tim Walker Renee Pilkington Lachlan Dean Robert Rovetto Joanne Sanders
Tim Malmo Sophie O’Shea Matthew Blomeley Rowen May Kate McCarthy
Wil Jamison Tim Marshall Ben Bruitzman Corey Mattsson Kate Patterson
Mathew Longhurst Andrew Baker Trent Williams
Coach Christina Puoplolo Jody Viktorin Jenni Lewis Mel Starr Shirley Fromberg
Manager Cecilia McIntosh Elisa Caldwell Allira Scott
Team UNDER 23 U23 Development UNDER 20 UNDER 17 U17 Development
Players Alastair Pushon Anthony Galley Daniel Rooney Brock Hadson  TBC
Allan Bateman Jake McSwain Henrique De Freitas Danny Loats
Ben Hudson James Salvini Jake Dambrauskas Manawa Aranui
Brandan D’Monte Joshua Mcfarland Jayden Cowling Zac Wojtowics
Brayden Pastore Joshua Schultz Jayden Roycroft Adam Hoogwerf
Cameron Allum Nicholas Schultz Joshua Burns Adam Matthews
Cameron Martin Shane Topping Luke Marko Rawlings Cameron Neale
Corey Richmond Trent Brook Nathan Begley Dale Mason
Leigh Redding Andrew Dike Adam Payne Andre Toussaint
Mitchell Gray Graham Kirby Jackson Mynott Ben Bingley
William Mahoney Jarrod Shelley Shaun Pallini Joel Gosbell
Harry Mynott Sean Green
Coach Maryanne McKay Craig Moore Grant Crocker Geoff Taylor  Lisa Mynott
Manager Tammy Karkanakis Karen Wild

M League 2014 – Season Wrap Up

Wednesday November 26th saw the 2014 season come to a close with 4 very entertaining Grand Finals.

Premier Mens saw the Southern Seahawks push Bayside Braves for the first half with only 5 goals separating the two teams at the half. However in the ‘premiership’ third quarter, the Braves exerted their dominance with a masterful display as they stretched the margin to 20 goals heading into the last. The Seahawks fought gallantly in the final term to bring some respectability back to the scoreline and managed to get the closest to the Braves that any team has gotten throughout the entire season. Congratulations to Bayside Braves, victors 62-47. Umpires – Kate Wright and Michael Portaro

Grand Final MVP – Nathan Begley (Bayside Braves)

Season MVP – Brodie Roberts (Western Thunder)

Division One Mens saw the closest Grand Final played out between Northern Titans and Eastside Saints. The two teams matched up very well on paper and this game was always destined to be decided by only a handful of goals.  The lead see-sawed throughout the entire match and Eastside Saints held there nerve in the dying minutes with Joshua Clavarino shooting the winning goal with less than 60 seconds to play. Eastside Saints def Northern Titans 44-43. Umpires – Kylie Brown and Judi Sutton

Grand Final MVP – Brent Stone (Northern Titans)

Season MVP joint winners – Tim Malmo (Northern Bullets) and Andrew Dike (Doncaster & Districts)

In Premier mixed, the question was whether Windsor Wilderbeasts could carry their 2014 season form through to the Grand Final against the three time reigning champions Bayside Bears. The early signs were good for Wilderbeasts as they lead at every change however in the final term the Bears exerted their dominance to get on top and run away winners 45-38. Umpires – Nathan Begley and Amy Winchcombe

Grand Final MVP – Merrow Clough (Bayside Bears)

Season MVP – Ricky Papara (Richmond Ravens)

Yarra Valley Young Guns were on song from the first whistle against the Northern Titans in the Division One Mixed Grand Final. Even though they were missing their star GA Brodie Roberts, the Young Guns had too much speed and class for Titans running out comfortable victors 64-39. Hopefully the Young Guns will stay together next year as they progress to the Premier Mixed division. Umpires Sue Coppinger and Jane Bowring

Grand Final MVP – Riley RIchardson (Yarra Valley Young Guns)

Season MVP – Brodie Roberts (Yarra Valley Young Guns)

Special thanks to Juleen Maxfield (Umpires Coordinator) and Wendy Armstrong (Match Night Coordinator) for all their tireless work throughout the season to ensure that the Victorian M League is the best competition in Australia.

Wishing you all a very safe and merry festive season!

Adam Boldiston

VMNL – M League Coordinator

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.