The time you’ve all been waiting for. If you’re a part of State Squads or the casual Men’s netball player, the premier competition for Men’s Netball in Victoria has arrived.
It is with great pleasure that the Victorian Men’s Netball League introduces the 2016 Victorian M-League Competition.
Beginning in September, our premier competition looks to provide the opportunity for men and boys to play in an exciting competition on a weekly basis.
For more information click on the M-League 2016 link below
As the 2016 Men’s and Mixed National Championship has come and gone, Victoria has claimed the Open Men’s National Netball Championship in a thrilling and entertaining final at the State Basketball Centre in Melbourne. In what is now a great and thriving rivalry, Victoria and Queensland took to the court for the championship decider.
After a stellar rounds Victoria entered the Friday semi-final without a loss. A shock move from the Queensland camp saw Australian player Junior Levi take the court in Goal Keeper and cause havoc for the Victorian Squad. Queensland kept the Vics to just 29 goals to run out 11 goal winners 40-29.
Victoria then took on NSW in a Preliminary Final Showdown. NSW lost Australian goaler Stephen Philpot to an ankle injury earlier in the week and looked for goaler Pat Piliae to step up. The match was anyone’s for the taking going goal for goal heading into the final quarter. A late foot injury to Co-Captain Daniel Cooke saw the introduction of youngster Brodie Roberts to steady the ship, as Victoria’s determination saw them take a seven goal win.
As the Saturday Grand Final drew closer, the crowd in the arena grew bigger. Electricity filled the air and a buzz around the stadium set the tone for an enthralling match of intense high class netball. As both teams took the court everyone wanted to know, did Victoria have the ability to deal with Queensland team or would the Suns be too strong and win their third straight title.
A tight opening ten minutes of the match saw both teams exchange goals as they focused on maintaining possession to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Victoria came onto the court with an improved patience from the day before however some late turnovers and some steady shooting from Jamie Bruce saw a 6-0 streak as Queensland took a 13-8 lead into the first break.
The second quarter opened up much like the first, with both teams exchanging early goals. An increased intensity in defense saw the Suns make some crucial errors as both Victorian goalers began to find space under the post and occupy the Queensland defensive unit. Crucial turnovers by Queensland allowed the Vics back into the match as a seven goal turnaround saw the Vics lead by 2 at the main change 19-17.
As seen in all previous meetings at the championship, Coach Dave Mills made changes all over the court, introducing fresh legs to the Queensland side. He also moved starting Keeper Junior Levi back to the more familiar Goal Shooter in an attempt to score more actively and curb Victorian momentum. The changes worked early as the team in navy struggled to combat the easy option into the post. A late change by Victoria saw the injection of young and energetic defender Tim Malmo into Goal Defence as Co-Captain Will Jamison moved to the wing to give the Vics some more height in the back third. The home crowd intensified as changes looked to empower the Vics intensity as the pushed out to a 4 goal lead 35-31 heading into the final quarter.
The 1400 strong crowd were ready for what was poised to be an exciting finish to the 2016 Championships. The three quarter time break was electric and the crowd wanted more.
Victoria came out of the break ready to play as veteran midcourter Guy Keane controlled the speed of the ball as he found space down the court. An early long range goal from Co-Captain Daniel Cooke kept the Queenslanders engaged in their defensive circle allowing Goal Shooter Tim Walker to be found with ease under the post.
The minutes ticked down and an error by Queensland late in the final term sealed the win as Victoria wound out the match to become the new Champions 51-44. The exciting moment was captured on camera and will be remembered for a long time to come.
Go to the Video below for Grand Final highlights from the crowd.
Victoria is poised for a busy day come Grand Final day, this Saturday, April 2 at the Australian Men’s & Mixed Netball Championships.
Victoria has teams competing in all seven divisions of the championships, and is well placed to feature in all seven Grand Finals. The premier division of the comp, the Open Men’s sees Victoria sitting atop of the table with a perfect record of 6-0 record. These boys have secured spot in Fridays Qualifying final, and must be confident of winning straight through to Saturdays Grand Final.
Other teams dominating their divisions include the Vic Men’s Reserve (9-0) and the Vic 23 & Under Men (6-0).
Semi & Preliminary finals are contested Friday April 1st, with all seven Grand Finals on Saturday:
State Basketball Centre – 291 George St, Wantirna South
Admission (Grand Finals): Adults $10, Children (7-14) $5, Under 7 FREE.
With 1 week remaining until the first matches get underway, the 32nd annual Australian Men’s & Mixed Netball Championships is just around the corner. 2016 sees all States represented across 7 divisions.
Click on the table of teams below for all fixture, results and standings:
Play kicks off Easter Sunday at 9:00am with 5 courts of Men’s, Mixed and Under Age matches and its rivals afternoon for Victoria on Day 1 after the opening ceremony with the following matchups:
3:30pm Open Mens Vs Queensland
5:00pm Open Mixed Vs New South Wales
6:30pm Mens Reserve Vs New South Wales
8:00pm U23 Mens Vs New South Wales
To all our supporters, get out to watch and don’t forget to show up in your Navy Blues.
Saturday night both our Open Men’s and Men’s Reserve teams took to the court in preparation for the 2016 National titles in Melbourne. Played in front of a great and excited Shepparton Crowd, the guys took every opportunity to showcase their skills prior to the pre-season match between the Melbourne Vixens and Adelaide Thunderbirds.
The clash was also a chance to launch our new playing gear, with thanks to Blackchrome for the amazing new attire. The boys are really excited and cant wait to wear it proudly during the national championships later this month.
The opportunity to play the match gives both teams the chance to prepare and play in front of a crowd and perform under the pressures in which we only experience on a national’s Grand Final day.
The match was a wonderful display of netball with both teams getting every player on court and the Open’s team getting up by 24. VMNL would like to thank Netball Victoria for this amazing invitation.
Victorian Mens and Mixed Netball is proud to announce its new partnership with Blackchrome Sportswear for 2016 and beyond. Assisting in the development of our new playing gear Blackchrome will help to supply playing and training uniform over the coming years.
We look forward to strengthening a positive relationship between Blackchrome and Men’s netball in Victoria and working with them into the future.
New playing gear will be available this year. #Excited