Aiming for the title – Victoria 23 and Under

After a Nationals defeat in 2016 to an in-form New South Wales, returning Coach Matthew Blomeley, Assistant Coach Esther Latimour and their team are looking to go one better on the Gold Coast in 2017. Filled with a core from last year’s team the 23 & Under side is hoping they are able to build on the foundations already laid and take the extra step of becoming Nationals Champions in 2017.

The goaling line up is led by Co-Captain Cameron Allum; “Bambi” has been a previous Australian 23 & Under player and provides an athletic target in the goal circle. Assisting in the circle is sharp-shooter Brayden Pastore. Bray has been known for a number of years for his accurate shot from range in the circle. Rounding out the attacking circle is Josh Smith. The unfortunate recipient of an ACL tear resulting in him being sidelined for the 2016 championships, he comes as an unknown quantity on-court to many opposition teams.

Returning to the midcourt again this year is Brandon D’Monte, known for his ability to turn a game with well timed intercepts whilst also being a steady attacker, “B” has been a staple of the middies for a number of years. Used as a utility and impact player in 2016, the self-appointed “hybrid” Jake Dambrauskas is determined to go one better in this division after successful stints previously in Victorian and Australian 19 & Under teams.  A stand out tournament with the Australian 20 & Under team last year, Adam Franz has made the move to the next level with skill and determination.  Josh Burns also makes the jump from 20s this year after a number of Australian 20 & Under appearances. Now focussing as a midcourt, his terrific netball brain will be hard to match up on.  Jake Noonan makes his debut for Victoria this year, with the ability to play through the middle and in the circle, “Noons” will be out to prove why he has been selected on his first outing.

The defensive circle this year sees only Cameron Martin return from last year’s circle. Co-captaining this year after a successful run in the Australian 23 & Under team, Cam will be looking to lead by example and provide a strong and experienced presence on court. Backing up Cam this year is former 23 Development player Jake McSwain, this physical but clean defender had an amazing 2016 and is taking the next step in his absolute stride this year. Not to be forgotten, Luke Marko Rawlings is also pushing for a starting defensive position. After shutting down some of New Zealand’s best goalers in their Nationals last year, Luke is determined to show this ability against Australia’s finest 23 & Under goalers this year.

Victoria Men’s Open – A Change in 2017

Victoria will now go into the 2017 Men’s National Netball Championship with a new a re-jigged line up. Injuries and player changes have seen the 2016 Champions battle pre-championship as they look to repeat their thrilling win from last year. Christina Puopolo will once again look to motivate and lead this talented group as we introduce our new look line up.

Holding off on his retirement and returning to retain the national title is 2016 Victoria and Australian Sonix Captain Will Jamison. Capped off by winning player of the tournament for Australia in October, his physical nature, ground work and aerial ability make him the most feared defender in the country. Known for playing himself into form during a championship, Will is still getting better year upon year.

Returning again is Australian debutante and young gun Tim Malmo. After establishing himself as an impact player in 2016, the 22 year old’s hands over pressure and aerial flair will need to gain consistency if he’s to take the next step and consolidate a spot in the starting seven.  Since joining the top team 2 years ago, Tim is forever working on his leap and now is building a trusty partnership with Jamison ahead of the championship in 2017.

The departure of aerial keeper Merrow Clough to the ADF has paved the way for talented 2016 junior defender and 23 and under Aussie representative Alistair Punshon to join the defensive duo. Manned with the task of stopping the tallest goalers in the country, Al will certainly bring his giant leap to the court as he looks to pull turnover ball out of the air on a regular basis.

Late injuries to Ely Harrison (back) and current Under 23 Australian Captain Riley Richardson (dislocated ankle) had left a talented midcourt a little depleted.

Guy Keane adds class and experience to this Victorian team. His slick movement and silky skills make him a crowd favorite in Men’s netball circles. Whilst Guy is amazing in attack, his experience on court and defensive pressure is vital to Victoria turning over ball on a regular basis.

Continuing the experience in the midcourt is Andrew Simons, who has gone from strength to strength over the past 2 years. With over 10 year experience, this front cut specialist has an uncanny knack for finding the circle edge and delivering quality ball to his goal circle.

After an injury riddled 2016 campaign former Australian under 23 captain James Robertson will be eager to make his return. After displaying some great skills in 2015, 2016 didn’t go to plan after sustaining an ankle injury and then fracturing his elbow “Robbo” is known for his safe hands and his consistency could be valuable to the Victorian Line up.

Tory Allen also joins the team after capturing the Under 23’s title for NSW in 2016. A move over last spring to Victoria has seen Tory join the squad and make the most of some unfortunate injuries. With a strong defensive knack and speed on court, Tory’s flair could be very useful for the 2017 crusade.

Rewarded for his play at the 2016 national championship, Tim Walker made his debut for Australia travelling to New Zealand with the Sonix in October. A tall Goal Shooter, Tim fits in to this front end seamlessly as a focal point under the post and will be looking to impose himself again this year.

Making a return from breaking his foot in October is Brodie Roberts. A talent in GA, Brodie has shown his skill for the past two years and at 20 will be a force of the future. After working hard on his court craft, an amazing split and speed to burn, Brodie is a star in the making and this could be his big breakout year.

Looking to shake a troublesome knee injury Daniel Cooke will return full of energy in 2017. Known for his “netball IQ”, vision to post and shooting under pressure he’ll be out to build the front end connections and help press for another nationals win.

Finally debuting in the Open team is goaler Corey Jackson. After 5 Years in the All Australian reserve team and a stellar Victorian M-League season where he helped Melbourne City to claim the title, Corey’s ability to find ball, score goals at long range and connection with Cooke and Simons gives Christina an alternate option in the goal circle.

The question remains, can this team gel together and reclaim the national victory they experienced last year.

For more information on our Men’s Open team and our squad keep watching our space as we head to the 2017 national championships.

Australian Tours Announced by AMMNA

In the lead up to the 2017 Nationals AMMNA has released the 3 representative teams  heading to New Zealand as part of its development for the future of our sport.

This year AMMNA will select teams to visit Invercargill in the following divisions:

  • Men’s 17 & under
  • Men’s 20 & under
  • Men’s Reserves

The nomination form for the Development Tours to NZ Championships are now available online on the Australian Mens & Mixed Netball site (www.mensnetballaust.com.au).

Applications will ONLY be accepted via the online portal: APPLY HERE

Closing Date for Coaches and Managers is 13 March

Closing Date for Players is 31 March

SUPPORTERS – You asked for one, we got one

It’s Here…  Mum’s, Dad’s, families and friends, over the years you asked for a piece of apparel to support our boys and this year it has been more prominent than ever over the training season.

We’ve rushed around to get a design that screams Victoria but unfortunately we only have a week to get your orders in. Shirts come in unisex sizing XS-5XL and sizing information is on the order form and will cost $45 each.

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Also available are our newly created Keyrings for $10

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Orders can be placed to vmnl.uniform@gmail.com by email or with the below order form by Sunday March 5.

 

Download 2017 Supporters order form

 

Orders are expected to be available for collection 9 April. Help support Men’s and Mixed netball in Victoria and get behind us now.

For any further information regarding the supporter gear or your other uniform needs contact Corey directly on vmnl.uniform@gmail.com

Look out 2017, Victoria are coming

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A very Happy New Year to everyone – 2017 is looking to be a very exciting year for the Victorian Squad. As the new year begins, our teams will soon be hitting the court again after a refreshing and relaxing break.

With 2016 National Championships, a distant memory and the 2017 competition just around the corner, we’re pleased to announce the teams who will contest the AMMNA Australian Championships on the Gold Coast over the Easter period this year.

 

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New Coaches and player movements headline the 2017 changes with former Australian and Victorian Mixed Open player Jarrad Walker making his debut as Mixed Coach. To check out the coaches heading up these teams, check out our earlier post. Stay tuned over the coming months as we post more news in the lead up to the most important event of the year. SEE YOU ON THE GC!

2017 TEAM LISTS

Open Mens

Brodie Roberts
Daniel Cooke
Ely Harrison
Guy Keane
James Robertson
Riley Richardson
Tim Malmo
Tim Walker
William Jamison
Andrew Simons
Corey Jackson
Asalele Alefaio

Mens Reserves 1

Adam Boldiston
Brent Pace
Chris O’Sullivan
Christopher Cameron
Clint Allwood
Joshua Clavarino
Matthew Doyle
Michael Petrowski
Rein Kivivali
Rowen May
Sam MacKerras

Mens Reserve 2

Alec Deasey
Bryce Rowley
Daniel Jeffries
Daniel Kostovski
Jesse-Lee Hadfield
Josh Schultz
Kyle Young
Robert Rovetto
Simon Cartwright
Taurin Eimermacher

Open Mixed

Lauren Close
Sophie O’shae
Libby Nicol
Elle Macdonald
Sarah Szczykulski
Sara Febbo
Lachlan Deane
Andrew Lewis
Dylan Nexhip
Justin Collins
David Butler
Corey Nexhip

Mixed Reserves

Nat Billings
Jane Higgs
Kate McCarthy
Kate Patterson
Megan Rosser
Jess Maher
Katelyn Byron
Brent Holtham
Colin Croft
James Hertan
Michael Dower
Alex Green
Trent Williams

Training Partners: Kurt Thompson, Hannah Kuhar

23 and Under

Adam Franz
Jake Noonan
Josh Burns
Brandon D’Monte
Brayden Pastore
Cameron Allum
Cameron Martin
Jake Dambrauskas
Jake McSwain
Joshua Smith
Luke Marko Rawlings

Under 23’s Development

Isaac Jones
Regan Munro
Marco Francese
Harry Mynott
Shane Topping
Alex Nguyen
Edward Bryant
Jackson Mynott
Jarvis Holt
Trent Brook

Under 20’s

Dale Mason
Kai Suzuki
Daniel Rooney
Danny Loates
Joel Gosbell
Hadley Dixon
Adam Matthews
James Sutton
Anthony Maniapoto
Jake Novak

Under 20’s Development

Jesse Viney
Hayden Smith
Ben McCalister
Karlos Tumu
Tom Clooney
Chuck Perera

** Further anouncements to come

Under 17’s

Jackson Turner
Zac Wotowicz
Jed Christian
Brodie Noble
Cameron Hughes
Bodhi Stringer
Leo Heard
Kyele Heagney
Quinn Spencer
Josh Hill
Elijah Kereopa

Under 17’s Development

David Capron
Foster Mason Saunders
Ronan Pring
Connor Lily
Jay Dingle
William Uereta
Emilio Edmund
Jake Symons
Luke Williams
Riley Owen
Ronan Finnigan
Liam Smith

Coaches locked in for 2017

It’s with great pleasure that we announce our coaching appointments for the 2017 AMMNA Championships on the Gold Coast next year.

Open Men’s: Christina Puopolo

Men’s Reserve: Jenni Lewis

Men’s Reserve 2: Craig Moore

23&U Men’s: Matt Blomeley

23&U Men’s Development: Dianne McCormack

20&U Men’s: James McGann

20&U Men’s Development: Lisa Mynott

17&U Men’s: Katie Williams

17&U Men’s Development: Ashley Mynott

Open Mixed: Jarrad Walker

Mixed Reserve: David O’Hare