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 – Vacant
Mixed Reserve – Shirley Fromberg
23 U Men – Marianne McKay
23 U Development – Craig Moore
20 U Men – Grant Crocker
20 U Development – Vacant
17 U Boys – Geoff Taylor
17 U Development – Lisa Mynott
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!
The 2015 Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Championships will be held in Sydney over the Easter period.
The Victorian Men’s Netball League invites all interested players to attend the state team selections in September. Each team will be selected by the respective coach and a selection panel.
Three trial sessions will be held to select the Victorian Cyclones teams for the 2015 Australian Championships. Attendance at all sessions is advised to improve your selection opportunity.
Rounds 3 and 4 have really helped to sort out the ladder in the 2014 M League Season.
Round 3 saw wins to top of the ladder teams Bayside Braves, Southern Seahawks and Western Ice, cementing their positions as the teams to beat.
Northern Bullets would have looked a closer contest but went down to an in-form Ice team, whilst Northern Titans fell short to the young Western Thunder, as they look to push for a top 4 spot along with Eastside Saints who picked up their first win of the season.
Round 4 saw Western Ice take on Southern Seahawks in an entertaining clash of the two unbeaten teams. Western Ice, lead by its goal circle, were able to push on from a 2 goal lead at the final change to win the tight contest by 9.
Bayside Braves continue to impress with a heavy defeat of Northern Bullets as their youngsters continue to shine, whilst Northern Titans were able to get a head of Falcons to win by 18.
Eastside Saints saw the return of Jaz Walker to their line, but were unable to halt the charge of the Seahawks, who took the game with a strong lead. Western Thunder stay on the winners list, beating the Kardinia Spartans.
With round 5 coming this week Southern Seahawks will be looking to change their fortune and give Bayside Braves their first loss of the year. Ice take on an inform Saints while Thunder will be looking to take out Falcons. Kardinia Spartans will be looking for their first win against Doncaster as Titans and Bullets fight the battle of the Northern teams.
For fixtures and ladders and to keep up to date with results, you can head here.
Please note that Eastside Saints have withdrawn from the MIXED competition.
A new fixture has been done and is now available on the website….
Wednesday night’s Round 2 action kicked off with a big win for the Southern Seahawks over Kardinia Spartans. The 24 Goals victory by the Seahawks continues their impressive form and look to be real title contenders against league leaders the Bayside Braves.
The Braves also looked impressive with a 26 goal win against the Northern Titans. Lead in attack by U19 guns, Nathan Begley and Brayden Pastore, the Braves consolidated the possession offered by a tough defensive line to keep the Titans to a nine goal half time score. The last quarter saw the injection of Guy Keane for the Braves into the unfamiliar position of GS, however the last quarter belonged to the Titans who will take some good momentum into next week’s matches.
Western Thunder turned around a horror start last week to come up 54-41 victors against Eastside Saints. With the return of young Goalers Jayden Cowling and Brodie Roberts, Thunder were able to ensure they capitalised on all turnover opportunities. Adding plenty of defensive support was the return of Sam Owen and helped by young mid-courter Daniel Rooney who will continue to improve over the coming season.
Northern Bullets also continued their impressive start after defeating Doncaster & Districts 47 – 28. The height of Trent Williams helped as Doncaster found it hard to stop the scoring capability. Whilst defensive pressure from Steve Chambers, Tim Malmo and Luke Marco Rawlings proved to be to strong for Doncaster to penetrate.
Western Ice got off to a flying start in their match with NSEW Falcons to rush out to a 30-15 lead at half time assisted by the big leap and defensive pressure of Leigh Redding at Goal Defence. The return of Opens Midcourter Ash Chapman provided plenty of run through the middle as Falcons stayed with the Icemen for the last half who ran out eventual winners 60-42.
Round 3 sees Western Ice looking to end Northern Bullets impressive start as Either Saints or Spartans will look to get the first win on the board. The Seahawks will be wanting to continue to build on their impressive start against Doncaster as will Bayside Braves against Falcons. Finally Thunder will look to capitalise on last week’s performance taking on the winless Titans
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.
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