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

Victoria Crowned Kings of the Nation

Victoria Crowned Kings of the Nation

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.

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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.

Grand Final Crowd

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Nearly Winners

Winners Together We Stand

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Go to the Video below for Grand Final highlights from the crowd.

 

 

 

 

1 Week to go! Australian Championships – the countdown is on

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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:

AMMNA Team List

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

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To all our supporters, get out to watch and don’t forget to show up in your Navy Blues.

#mensnetball    #watchingmensnetball    #mixednetball

#2016vicsroadtonationals #Victoria

A Night in Shepparton

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Victoria Announces Nationals Squad

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Victoria is excited to announce its Full Squad of players for the 2016 Men’s and Mixed Netball Nationals to be held in Melbourne at the impressive Knox Basketball Stadium.

After an exciting trials in September our teams have been selected and we look forward to a fantastic 6 months in the lead up to the tournament.

Good luck to all teams and Go Get ‘em VICS!!!     WE ARE COMING!!!

 

#2016ammnanationals

 

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Have you heard…. We’re back…and we’re stronger than ever.

The 2016 teams are set to take charge, Bigger, better, faster, smarter.

We have succumbed before, but don’t let that fool you.

Our hearts will bleed navy, uknighted we stay true.

WE ARE COMING!!!

#2016ammnanationals

#VMNL

#mensnetball

#mixednetball

 

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