The Road to 2018: Coaching appointments

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With only weeks to go before the 2017/2018 Vic Squads trials commence, we are pleased to announce the coaching staff for the 2018 AMMNA Championships.

Open Men’s: Christina Puopolo

Open Mixed: Jarrad Walker

Men’s Reserve 1: Jenni Lewis

Men’s Reserve 2: Alexia McConnell

Mixed Reserve: David O’Hare

Men’s 23 & Under: Coach: Matthew Blomeley / Assistant Coach: Joshua Schultz

Men’s 23 & Under Reserve: James McGann

Men’s 20 & Under: Craig Moore

Men’s 20 & Under Reserve: Julia Farrimond

Men’s 17 & Under: Geoff Taylor

Men’s 17 & Under Reserve: Brieannan DeJong

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.

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.

Vic Valour                           Guy Keane

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.

Daniel Cooke Goal Under The Ring

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.