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.

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

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

Senior Men’s, Mixed and 23&U trial dates confirmed

We are pleased to announce the dates for selections for senior mens, mixed and 23&U for the 2017 Australian Championships.

Trial #1: Sunday October 30th – Registration @ 8:30am

Trial #2: Saturday November 5th – Registration @ 5:30pm

Trial #3: Sunday November 6th – Registration @ 8:30am

All trials to be held at Banyule Netball Stadium.

Pre-registration is available via TryBooking – https://www.trybooking.com/MXYX

Please note: The same pre-registration link is used for registration for both junior and senior dates. Please refer to the flyer for dates of your specific trials.

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