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Netball celebrates glory at end of season

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.

Club honours

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.

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Manningham Netball: The home of netball in Manningham


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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Talented sports teacher recognised

MEREDITH THORNTON has been announced as a finalist for Teacher of the Year at the Netball Victoria Community Awards.
A teacher since 1986 and a Warrandytian from 1987, Meredith embodies everything that is community within Warrandyte.
If you can think of a community role, chances are Meredith has at some point held it or worked with those in that role.
Now a PE teacher and at times acting Principal of Anderson’s Creek Primary School, as well as owner of The White Owl café in the Goldfields, and on the Warrandyte Netball Club (WNC) committee helping the club get grants, Meredith says she loves working locally.
“I love being a part of the community,” she said.
Having lived in Warrandyte for almost 35 years Meredith said she feels very connected with the community.
This award nomination from Netball Victoria came as a shock to Meredith, who said she knew nothing about it but was “absolutely stoked, absolutely staggered… just to be a finalist, is a real honour”
The Netball Victoria Community Awards celebrate the significant achievements of individuals and groups who have contributed to the sport of netball in Victoria.
Speaking to the Diary, Meredith said that she has always been passionate about sport and in particular girls and women being involved.

“My mum reminded me the other day that, when I was in year 12, you have those English essays you could do whatever topic you wanted, and mine was that girls should be involved in sport,” she said.

Being a PE teacher, and being heavily involved with WNC, Meredith is pleased her four daughters all played netball at Warrandyte, with Jemma still involved as a player and coach.
Meredith has coached, been responsible for successfully applying for a number grants and as a committee member of the Warrandyte Sporting Group (WSG), helped see the construction of the fantastic facilities now available to the netball club.
Meredith is also a past recipient of WNC’s Club Person of the Year Award. She said this passion has been driven by the fact that netball has “given girls the opportunity to shine.”
Meredith told the Diary that the netball club was a big initiator in setting up the WSG as an inclusive sporting club.

“We just needed the girls to have a home, girls were getting changed for netball training outside or in the bathrooms after school.”

This push has no doubt also been a key factor in breaking the barriers for other sports to include women and girls, with both the cricket, and now football club, looking to field a women’s team.
A move Meredith says is “fantastic” as the different codes “all work together as a combined sports club for the benefit of Warrandyte, and to get the kids and young people as involved as possible.”
One of the challenges of the pandemic has been keeping the kids engaged and especially in sport.
Meredith said that it has been extremely hard on the kids, who have missed out on being part of the team.

“All the PE activities I put up for students to do at home were generally something they could do with a parent, or sibling, or up against a wall.”

The drop off in kids enjoying sport has been an obvious one, but one that “is a concern” according to Meredith, adding that “they just haven’t had that team aspect, when you can grow up learning about working in a team it is really important.”
In addition to the amazing work with the primary school and the netball club, Meredith has also done work for the Warrandyte Business Association (WBA), as a coordinator, a part time role which stemmed from being the manager of the community centre.
Meredith told the Diary that when commonwealth bank was closing in Warrandyte, there was a lot of concern about what they [WBA] were going to do about it.

“We [WBA] needed to set up a different bank, someone said Bendigo Bank they’re really good.”
“We were one of the first, around 2001 and 2002, there weren’t a lot of community banks around but we really liked the concept.”

After the wave of community support, the board of WBA and also Bendigo Bank realised that “what we really wanted to do was to give back to our community.”
To this day it continues to be a big part of Warrandyte, and Meredith continues to do amazing work within the community.
Meredith says that she is pretty driven, in a positive way and that “I really like people and I really like connections.”
“When I look back on all the things I have done, it is all about connections, getting people together with the community and enjoy life and having fun,” she said.
Meredith is a more than deserving finalist for this award, from the Diary team, we say congratulations and thank you for all you have done and continue to do in our community.

Bullants blast Jets in Grand Final victory

In the U13/3 Netball competition, the Serpell Jets were the clear favourites, coming into the finals with a win/lose record of 10–1, compared to the Warrandyte Bullants 6–5.

However, the Bullants had been the victors in the Jets one and only loss of the season, giving the underdogs some needed confidence in the final.

The Jets started the game like the favourites with a 3–1 first quarter, which was repeated in the second quarter only because the Bullants snuck a goal on the half time siren.

It was looking bleak for Warrandyte Bullants at half time but by three quarter time they had the premiership within reach.

Aggressive defence by Scarlett Preston, a lot of hard work through the centre and around goal and accurate shooting from Amber Gedge saw the Bullants mount a solid third quarter comeback, entering the final quarter trailing 10–8.

Both teams fought with everything they had in the final quarter, setting the large crowd on edge.

The Bullants drew level with 90 seconds to go after a see-sawing nine minutes and with both teams playing so well, it was impossible to tell who would win.

The Bullants hit the front with 30 seconds left in the game but the Jets still had a chance to level the scores as they took the ball to the centre restart.

When the Bullants forced the turn over with only seconds left, their last goal proved to be the winner.

As the siren sounded, there were cheers and tears for both sides with the Warrandyte Bullants winning 14–13.

The winning team (Photo: SCOTT PODMORE)