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

Victorian Trial Dates Confirmed

18055730_10154735940702762_5091468066881682360_o.jpgTrials for all Victorian state netball teams will be held throughout August this year and in response to its increasing competitiveness, there will be a new format.

Open Men’s will kick trials off in the first weekend of August and will trial separately to the other divisions. Juniors, Mixed, U23s and Men’s Reserves will then follow over the next three weekends.

VMNL is also wanting to improve our junior pathways and allow more time for pre-season training and development, therefore trials for all teams will be earlier than in previous years.

Teams selected will compete in the 2018 Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Championships, to be held in Sydney over Easter, from Sunday 1st to Sunday 8th April, 2018 at the Genea Netball Centre (aka Netball Central), Sydney Olympic Park.

VMNL invites all interested players to attend trials via pre-registering online at the following links for each respective division:

Open Men’s, Mixed, Reserve Men’s and U23s

U17s and U20s

Each team will be selected by the respective coach and a selection panel. Please do not wear State/Aus representative uniform.

Dates, times and locations for all trials can be found below. Please arrive during the registration time. Triallists are required to attend all selection sessions. If you are not able to attend, you must submit an apology to

Open Men’s:

Mixed (Open Mixed and Reserve Mixed):

Men’s Reserves (Reserve 1 and Reserve 2) and U23s:

Juniors (U17s, U20s):

If you have any queries regarding trials, please email Karen Wild at

The wait is over.. MLeague is back in 2017!

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The premier Men’s and Mixed netball competition is back in 2017.

Now in its 12th year, MLeague is an opportunity for some of the most talented male and female netballers along with the best emerging talent in the state, to come together and compete on a weekly basis.

Commencing in September at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Parkville, MLeague is split over four divisions: Premier Mens, Premier Mixed, Division One Men’s, and Division One Mixed.

Team applications are now open for all four divisions. To submit your application, complete the team entry form below and return by Friday, July 21. Early entries are recommended as team positions are limited.

If you are an individual looking to join a team, a Facebook group has been set up for you to leave your details and connect with teams looking for players. The group can be found here: Individual Player Facebook Group

If you have any further questions please contact Matthew Blomeley, the MLeague Coordinator, directly at:

As Men’s and Mixed netball continues to grow, MLeague 2017 looks set to be its most exciting and competitive year yet!

Relevant Documents:


Applications now open for 2018 AMMNA Championships Coaches and Managers

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Applications are now open for COACHES and MANAGERS for the 2018 Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Championships, to be held in Sydney over Easter, from Sunday 1st to Sunday 8th April, 2018.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with some of Australia’s most outstanding men’s and mixed netballers along with the best emerging talent the sport has to offer. Moreover, the opportunity of coaching or managing a tournament team will provide a host of new and exciting challenges to those whose experience lies predominantly in league coaching/managing.

Last year’s championships on the Gold Coast was the largest tournament yet, with over 600 participants from 39 teams across seven states, and featured live streaming with commentary from the incomparable Sue Gaudion to Queensland Firebird, Laura Clemesha. The 2018 AMMNA Championship promises to build on 2017’s success, as Men’s and Mixed Netball enters a new era of competitiveness and professionalism.

For further details about the requirements of each role, see the respective Position Description below.

Nominations are now open until Sunday July 9, 2017 and can be submitted online at the following link:


If you have any queries regarding your application please contact Karen Wild at

We invite those interested to submit their application and look forward to working together to ensure Victoria’s continued success at the AMMNA Championships.

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.