Netball celebrates glory at end of season
by KIERAN PETRIK-BRUCE
5th December 2022
THE WARRANDYTE Dragonflies and the Red Rockets took the flag in their respective categories at the end of the Spring Season and play for the 2022 calendar year.
The U15 Dragonflies dominated the match from the first whistle, playing very relaxed and confidently.
Unyielding in defence and precision shooting gave Ivanhoe Netball Club (INC) Swifts no chance as Warrandyte won 34–19.
Madie Jeffery was named player of the match by Manningham Netball (formerly Doncaster and District Netball Association).
The Open B Red Rockets had a much closer match, and in howling winds, it was even for three quarters.
In the last, Warrandyte was able to get the edge and eventually open up a lead which they held and emerged victorious over East Doncaster Netball Club (EDNC) Astros 27–20.
Madison Brunton was awarded player of the match.
With the season wrapped up, all that was left was the off-court presentations and celebrations.
A large turnout at the Warrandyte Sports Complex saw outgoing President Eilish Vaughan officially welcome and hand over the presidency to Jimmy Harris.
Additionally, thanks to Bendigo Bank, some awards were given to members of the Warrandyte Netball Club (WNC) community.
Volunteer of the Year went to WNC Treasurer Kyra Holland.
Club Person of the Year was awarded to Katie Taubert.
The Pauline Dusting Player of the Year award, went to Opens player Lucy Wheeler who has been coaching and playing at Warrandyte for 15 years.
Life Member Award for 2022 was presented to Meredith Thornton, who last year was one of the nominees for the prestigious Teacher of the Year award by Netball Victoria.
A Warrandyte local since 1986 and a thoroughly deserving recipient of this Life Member Award.
The next netball season will begin in February 2023; with more information about this closer to the date, stay tuned to the Warrandyte Netball Facebook page and the Warrandyte Diary and M&N Bulletin for all your netball news.
Manningham Netball: The home of netball in Manningham
By MELISSA CARTER
DONCASTER & District Netball Association has transformed into Manningham Netball as the Association develops to upgrade facilities, grow the competition, create athlete pathways, and continue to provide a quality grassroots game and a healthy, enjoyable community culture.
This is an investment in a better future for local netball.
The Manningham Netball launch event and game exhibition day took place on Saturday, November 5, with players and the broader community given the opportunity to see all that netball has to offer.
Opening with a come-and-try session of NetSetGo, a training program for children aged 5–9, to teach the fundamental skills and knowledge of netball in a fun and inclusive setting.
This was followed by a demonstration of Manningham Netball’s All Abilities program and a selection of talented players with an U/17 All-Star Exhibition Match.
Suncorp Super Netball all-star Jacqui Newton (GD, GK), who plays for the Collingwood Magpies, has been an advocate for grassroots netball and was also at the November 5 event.
The day brought back the energy that had been lacking since the onset of the pandemic, reminding the community of what netball is all about.
So much more than just a game, netball enriches physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing and is a great space for the continued promotion of women’s mental and physical health.
A key ambition of this partnership with Manningham Council is to create a better standard of facilities, as a crucial component of our association to achieve more than just compliance.
The competition consists of six clubs; Deep Creek, Doncaster, Donvale, East Doncaster, Eltham Panthers, and Warrandyte, with age groups spanning from NetSetGo/U9s to Open Age divisions and a Representative program with teams right through the age-group categories allowing some of Manningham Netball’s more talented players to compete in high-level competition in the Waverley Netball Association and the State Netball Centre, Parkville.
Thanks to a great partnership with Rob and Lauren Nardelli of Nardelli Netball Academy, there is mentoring for both players and coaches to pave the way to elite netball opportunities while developing the skills and expectations necessary for a shot at success at prominent netball levels.
Manningham Netball is excited to engage with and invites players in the Manningham community to join us and be a part of an exciting year of netball in 2023 and beyond.
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