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South West Sports Trainers Association: Round 7


Thank You

During late April 2024 we held our second Sports Trainers Course of the 2024 season. A big THANK YOU to Allansford Recreation Reserve who assisted with the venue for this course. This enable a more realistic practical opportunities for the sports trainers participating.

In addition to that it was lovely to enjoy lunch at the local Allansford pub with their wide range to offer in their menu. It was nice and close! 

Trainers Wanted

There are still many clubs looking for or additional sports trainers. There are many benefits including: being a part of a sporting community, learning new skills, getting to meet new people and so much more. Sports trainers play a vital role within the club.

Mentoring is available for anyone interested if you’re unsure and want some additional support.    

Important Dates

First Aid and CPR Update available on Sunday 16th of June 2024. This starts at 10. Questions or to register to Samantha Spokes 0419026171

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HFNL Weekly Netball Wrap: Round 7


News from round Six.

Injuries: Unfortunately, a number of significant injuries in round six of Hampden Netball.

Isabel Rae from South Warrnambool has a broken bone in her arm, a four-to-six-week layoff. It will be interesting to see how Will Jamieson uses the different combinations available and South’s adaptability to the same. I will watch with inquisitiveness.

Adding to Koroit’s injury woes Ashley Evans, had a heavy fall and Molly McKinnon, ruptured her ACL, in the game against North Warrnambool. Molly ‘s injury will be a twelve-month recovery time. The growing list of injuries will put Danielle McInerney’s netball brain to the test, and again I will watch to see what Danielle & Koroit produce. Koroit had a little good news this week with Scarlett O’Donnell and Molly McLaren’s injuries not as bad as first thought.

Goalies doing the job.

I could not help but notice a number of shooters putting big numbers on the scorecard in round six. A round of applause to the following players. I’m hoping I have not missed anyone who scored above thirty goals in round six. 

 Eva Ryan, Warrnambool 58, Skye Billings, North Warrnambool 41, Jessika Tobin Salzman Port Fairy 36, Piper Stevens, Camperdown 35, Nell Mitchell, Koroit 34, Shakira Stuchbery, Portland 33 and Eboni Knight, Terang/Mortlake 32.

The Cobden vs South Warrnambool game was a real cracker, South by seven goals in an intense contest. Exactly what we have come to expect over the last few years when these two teams face off. From what I have heard Cobden are starting to jell with their depth of young talent and the experienced players becoming a formidable combination.

Round Seven Contests

Camperdown vs South Warrnambool.

I believe the ladder leaders (South Warrnambool) will be too strong for the up-and-coming Camperdown team, a test for the Emily Stephens coach side.

Terang/Mortlake take on Koroit at Ridley Recreation Reserve, Terang/ Mortlake and Koroit are on the same number of points sitting fourth and fifth on the ladder, tough for me to pick but I have gone with Koroit by a whisker.

Cobden travel to Hanlon Park, the home of the Portland Tigers, Cobden will continue with their good form from last week and bring home the four points.

Warrnambool take on North Warrnambool at Bushfield. Do not be surprised if this becomes a real shoot out. With both teams attacking line up in fine form. A respected coach said to me this week that sometimes the easiest way to get an inception is to let the opposition get the goal and start again. I believe this may be the case in this contest. Warrnambool need the win to stay in touch with the top five unfortunately for them I think the Eagles by a small margin.

Hamilton vs Port Fairy at the Gardens Oval on Sunday May 26th this match will complete round Seven of Open Hampden Netball.

Hamilton has had a couple of injury concerns most weeks in 2024 thus at this stage are not as well-balanced as they will become later in the season. Port Fairy under the guidance of Lisa Arundell will collect the points this week. 

Thanks to our Interleague Coaches and Players:

The league recognises the commitment of the Coaches, and the players for their continuous work whilst they prepare for the Association championship. Not long now until the regional part of the competition. It would be remiss not to thank the parents as they transport the junior players to training. Fingers crossed Hampden gets our juniors teams through to Melbourne to join the Will Jamieson coached open side on the 16th of June for Finals Day.

Junior Coaches are:

Under 13 Reserves:         Nat O’Dea

Under 13                          Kate Dobson & Lianne Harrison

Under 15 Reserves:         Stacey O’Sullivan

Under 15                          Leah Kermeen & Josie Ellerton

Under 17                          Danielle McInerney

Around the Grounds with Hilly: Round 7


It’s National Volunteer Week in Australia, and how lucky are we in the Hampden Football Netball League to have so many great people contributing their time and efforts. It takes a village to run a club, and everyone’s role is equal to ensure the outcomes are positive. On behalf of the Hampden Football Netball League, a big thank-you to those who volunteer for the league but also to the many hundreds who give everything to their club each and every week, whether it be on game day or during the week. Could I ask all players over the weekend to go up to a volunteer and just say ‘Thank You’.

Browny’s Back

Jonathan Brown will acquaint himself with the Hampden Football Netball League again this season, signing on as coach of the U23 Interleague Team. Browny, who will coach the league for the 5th time, will be joined by Adam Dowie, Nathan Vardy, Brody Mahoney and Brad Thomas on the coaching staff for the game against Ballarat FNL on July 6th at the Reid Oval. The Brisbane Lion premiership player bleeds Bottle Green and is determined to go one step better this year against the Ballarat team. In other interleague coaching announcements, Justin Impey and Ben Parkinson will co-coach the U17 squad after terrific service as coaches of the South West Junior Carnival teams. While HFNL life member Chris Meade will coach the U19 female team for the HFNL, an exciting new game being added to the program. Chris will be joined by Hamilton’s Pat Sherlock and South Warrnambool’s Ryan Jones.

What a great coaching group leading our squads.

Rebels on Display

The GWV Rebels will be on display at the Reid Oval this weekend. The squad is likely to have a strong Hampden League contingent and I urge all local supporters to get up and support our local talent against the Geelong Falcons. The U18 GWV Rebels female team will also feature, with a plethora of outstanding HFNL players showcasing their talents. Good Luck to all on Saturday afternoon and night. 

Round 7

North Warrnambool vs Warrnambool (Bushfield)

Terang Mortlake vs Koroit (Ridley Reserve)

Camperdown vs South Warrnambool (Leura Oval)

Portland vs Cobden (Hanlon Park)

Hamilton vs Port Fairy (Gardens Oval – Sunday Football)

See you at the Footy.


HFNL Weekly Netball Wrap: Round 6


Plenty to see on the courts in round Six of the Open netball Competition.

A real test for the Cobden side against the all-conquering South Warrnambool lineup, a good test for the Sophie Hinkley coached side who will come out firing however for my money South comfortably.

An interesting match at Victoria Park an inform North Warrnambool take on the injury/unavailable laden Koroit. North Warrnambool’s attacking game will be too strong for Koroit at this stage of the season.

Warrnambool are starting to work the combinations and will out play the Portland Tigers, however having watch the tigers in a couple of games I may well have to eat my words.

Camperdown have been slow to start in a couple of games giving their opposition a head start. Camperdown will need to start well to get on top of the attacking Port Fairy side. Camperdown in a tight contest. An interesting note is Port Fairy have the leading Goal scores in both Open (Jessika Tobin Salzman 172) and Division one (Aylish Tobin Salzman 168) competition after 5 rounds.

Terang Mortlake take on the Hamilton Kangaroos at the new courts at Hawkesdale.  This match should be interesting contest. Terang/Mortlake will get the  points and stay in the top five. The new courts at the DC Farran oval are impressive. Congratulations to the Management Committees of both the DC Farran Oval and the Hawkesdale/Macarthur Football Netball club on the new Netball Courts.

Hats off to Melanie Van Den Eynde on playing her 100 games of Division 2 Netball for Camperdown Magpies. Mel commenced her netball with the Magpies under fifteen reserves team in 2002 and played her first Senior grade game B Grade/Division 2 game in 2006. Mel has played 245 games of netball for Camperdown she has also coach the Division 3 side for 4 years (interrupted by Covid).

Melanie comes from a family of contributors for the Magpies. The Van Den Eynde family have been active at the Pies for many years. Congratulations Melanie Van Den Eynde.

 The Hampden Football Netball league is proud to announce the Association Championship teams for 2024. The league will be taking five underage teams to the Western Zone championships in Ballarat on Sunday June 2nd, they include teams in the Under 13, Under 13 Reserves, Under 15, Under 15 Reserves and the Under 17 Competitions. The open team have automatically qualified for the Finals Day in Melbourne which will be staged on the 16th of June.

Under 13 Championship                                            Under 13 Reserve

Chloe Kermeen (SW)                                                    Elsie Brown (Ham)

Molly McNeil (SW)                                                        Ava Kinnealy (Ham)

Lily Harris (SW)                                                              Esther Gleeson (Kor)

Lexi Thomas (Ham)                                                       Vivienne Smedts (Kor)

Leni Robertson (Ham)                                                  Athena Chivell (Cob)

Madison Lucas (Camp)                                                 Taylor Cameron (Camp)

Olive Wills (Camp)                                                         Isabel Divall (SW)

Ellie Dobson (Kor)                                                          Sibella Evans (SW)

Ava Gleeson (Kor)                                                          Lottie Wilkinson (SW)

Grace Piergrosse (Portland)                                        Ayda Wiseman (Portland)

Sophie Brown (W’bool)

Under 15 Championship                                            Under 15 Reserves

Addison Conheady (NW)                                             Charlotte Hinds (Camp)

Chloe Gleeson (Kor)                                                      Charlotte Smedts (Kor)

Indi O’Connor (Kor)                                                       Edie Batt (Kor)

Lyla Grundy (TM)                                                           Kiara Love (Camp)

Maddox Ryan (Ham)                                                     Maddie Clarke (TM)

Maya Rhodes (SW)                                                       Mckenzie Dillon (TM)

Piper Stephens (Camp)                                                Molly Sevior (Ham)

Pippa Barr (TM)                                                             Poppy Monk (Kor)           

Rosie Bowman (Kor)                                                     Rushleigh Jefferies (W)

Ruby McKinley (SW)                                                     Stella Marris (SW)

Saskia Gould (Ham)                                                      Zeta Kane (SW)

Saylah  Veale (SW)                                                        Zoe Dobson (Kor)

Under 17 Championship                                            Open Team

Molly NcLaren (Kor)                                                      Emma Buwalda (SW)

Nikki Clover (Cob)                                                          Meg Carlin (SW)

Lara Clarke (TM)                                                            Lily Eldridge (Camp)

Indiana Cameron (Camp)                                            Millie Jennings (Kor)

Elsie Sinnott (Camp)                                                     Meg Kelson (SW)

Isabella McDowall (NW)                                              Eva Ryan (W’Bool)

Kimora Callaway (SW)                                                  Ally O’Connor (SW)         

Kyla Groves (W’Bool)                                                    Grace Taylor (Cob)

Hannah O’Keefe (Kor)                                                  Gen O’Connor (SW)

Lucy McLaren (Kor)                                                       Isabella Rea (SW)

Shelby O’Sullivan (Kor)                                                 Ella Savior (Ham)

Matilda Darcy (Cob)                                                      Carly Watson (SW)                                        

Around the Grounds with Hilly: Round 6


The spotlight was on the Hampden Football Netball League last weekend, with AFL Victoria selecting our competition to host the Worksafe Game of the Month. A huge crowd were at the Leura Oval for the clash between traditional rivals Camperdown and Cobden. The Magpies were determined to get their first win of the season after a tough start with multiple injuries to key players. Camperdown played a great four quarter game, it was off the back of tough defensive and pressuring work, allowing space to be created in transition and Cobden to turn-over the football. Hamish Sinnott was at his very best, earning best on ground honors.


The process has begun to stage interleague football in the Hampden region later this season. The HFNL will take on the Ballarat Football Netball League for the second successive year, at the Reid Oval on July 6th. The U23 clash will be the feature fixture of the day, playing for the Clinton Baulch Cup in a twilight fixture. There will be an U17 clash as per 2023 and this season an U19 women’s game will also be held. More information on coaching appointments will be made next week, but there is an exciting group of coaches that will be leading each of the teams. It will be a great day of next level football in the first week of July.

Playing Coaches Starring

The coaching caper is almost like a full-time job. All coaches are looking at team vision, opposition vision, statistics, method each and every week. The Hampden League has a few playing coaches running around, only Lachie Hupputz, Brody Mahoney and Lewy Taylor are playing coaches. Whilst Lewy is still recovering from surgery, Brody and Lachie are setting an outstanding standard on the field, producing terrific statistical numbers. Brody’s first five weeks has been first class and his work alongside Patty Smith has made it tough to get on top of Cobden’s midfield. Lachie injured himself in the opening round, before returning on Anzac Day and accumulating 30+ disposals in the marquee match. Coaching is a hard gig on many fronts, but to back it up on the field. I take my hat off to Brody and Lachie this season. 

Round 6

Warrnambool vs Portland (Reid Oval)

Hamilton Kangaroos vs Terang Mortlake (Hawkesdale)

Cobden vs South Warrnambool (Cobden Recreation Reserve)

Port Fairy vs Camperdown (Gardens Oval)

Koroit vs North Warrnambool (Victoria Park)

See you at the Footy.


HFNL Weekly Netball Wrap: Round 5


The next block of matches will commence in the Hampden Football Netball League this weekend, after a bye last round to refresh everyone on the netball court. It will be a big couple of weeks coming up, not only in the Hampden League comp, but also our quest to win through to the Melbourne Association Championships Finals. The quality of netball across all senior grades and junior grades has been impressive during the first four rounds.

Roosters Blistering Start

South Warrnambool are chasing their third straight Open Division Netball Title in 2024. The Roosters have started the new season in strong fashion, remaining undefeated after the first month, whilst the data fully supports their offensive and defensive dominance. The League Leaders have scored the most goals in the first month, averaging 63 goals per game. The addition of Emma Buwalda has been a huge plus, she is building nice synergy with Meg Carlin and Hollie Phillips. Whilst the offensive numbers are outstanding for the Roosters, their defensive end is dominating the competition too. Opposition teams are struggling to break-through South Warrnambool’s defensive end, scoring an average of 30 goals per game. A pretty hard task to get the better of Carly Watson, Ally Melblom and team.

South Warrnambool are looking very sound for a third consecutive piece of silverware in September. 

Association Championships

The 2024 Association Championships will be officially announced early next week. The final trial session will be staged tonight, then coaches and selectors will choose their final squads for the first leg of the championships in Ballarat. The HFNL will take an U17 team to be led by Danielle McInerney, two U15 teams and two U13 teams to Ballarat on June 2nd. The Open Division team automatically qualified for the Melbourne Finals Day, with coach Will Jamison busy organising his squad for the June 16th contest. The response from the HFNL community has been overwhelming in regards to the trials, with more than 150 junior players showcasing their interest. An exciting month is coming ahead. 

Umpire Development

A big shout out to HFNL Umpire coordinator Josie Logan for her work organising some upcoming workshops to better develop and up-skill our umpires. There has been significant change in the off-season with rule changes and our senior/junior crop of umpires are withstanding the challenges and performing well on the court. The HFNL over the next few weeks will have mentor umpires work with our emerging netball umpires.

Leading Goal Shooters


1. Skye Billings (NWE) – 136 goals

2. Jessika Tobin-Salzman – 133 goals

3. Lily Eldridge (Camp) – 112 goals

4. Eboni Knights (TM) – 110 goals

5. Amy Wormald (W) – 110 goals


1. Piper Stephens (Camp) – 127 goals

2. Amelia Harris (SW) – 90 goals

3. Lara Clarke (TM) – 90 goals

4. Olivia Lenehan (NWE) – 89 goals

5. Emily Hickey (Cob) – 70 goals

Round 5 Matches

Camperdown vs Cobden (Leura Oval)

Hamilton Kangaroos vs North Warrnambool (Hawkesdale)

South Warrnambool vs Warrnambool (Friendlies Society Park)

Terang Mortlake vs Port Fairy (Mortlake)

Koroit vs Portland (Victoria Park)

See you at the Netball Court

Around the Grounds with Hilly: Round 5


It appears all ten Hampden League clubs are ready to go for the next block of matches in the 2024 season, after the league’s first bye round. Clubs will have two more opportunities throughout the season to reset, those dates being on June 15th and July 6th. Hopefully the week off has allowed clubs to refresh their injured stars and we teams bolster their line-ups this weekend with key players.

Worksafe Game of the Month

Tomorrow, the Camperdown Football Netball Club will stage the Worksafe Game of the Month, taking on their traditional rival in Cobden. This match from AFL Victoria presents a terrific opportunity to showcase both clubs, who are excellently governed on and off the field as well as the Hampden Football Netball League in general. Western Bulldog premiership hero Tom Boyd will be a special guest at the match, alongside some Melbourne Vixen netballers. The encounter itself will not disappoint, with only pride on the line, but it’s a crucial clash for both clubs in regards to the ladder positions. The Game of the Month will be broadcasted on 3YB FM (radio and facebook) as well as AFL Victoria’s social platforms. If you are looking to watch a great game of HFNL Football and Netball, come to the Leura Oval and support both the Magpies and Bombers.

Rowbottom 100th Senior Game

One of the Camperdown Football Netball Club’s favourite sons will hit a major milestone tomorrow, with influential ruckman Will Rowbottom playing in senior game 100. Will’s journey with the Magpies commenced in 2015 under coach Phil Carse. The 2018 season was where Will really established his position in the Camperdown team and was a huge behind the Magpies success that season, with the club making the HFNL Grand Final.

Will is a real work-horse, and makes it a tough day for opposition ruckman, as he has a real thirst and hunger at the contest. Congratulations Will, on your milestone, your name is etched into the number 36 locker at the Leura Oval as recognition of your great service at the club.

Junior Carnival

The Hampden Football Netball League sent four teams to compete in the South West Junior Football Carnival last weekend. It was a highly successful day for our teams with three of them making Grand Finals. The U17 Grand Final featured our West and East teams, with Hampden East winning the title in a very tight game, the squad was guided by Ben Parkinson. The Hampden West team littered with future stars went through the round robin without defeat before falling short in the decider. Thank you to both Ben and Justin Impey for their dedication and guidance with our teams. Andrew Foster’s U14 West Team featured in the Grand Final before being outplayed by a dominant Wimmera side. The U14 West squad were outstanding throughout the day as were our East team, coached by Aaron Ross. It was great to showcase our league, and from many comments I heard throughout the day, many are envious of our talent, coaching and exposure we dedicate to junior development. 

A great day all round. 

Round 5 Matches

Camperdown vs Cobden (Leura Oval)

Hamilton Kangaroos vs North Warrnambool (Hawkesdale)

South Warrnambool vs Warrnambool (Friendlies Society Park)

Terang Mortlake vs Port Fairy (Mortlake)

Koroit vs Portland (Victoria Park)

See you at the Footy.


HFNL Weekly Netball Wrap: Round 4


The Portland Tigers registered their first win of the season, with a seven goal win in the ANZAC Day clash with Hamilton Kangaroos.

The Tigers under new coach Laura Kelly have been close in the early rounds, but were able to hold off their traditional rivals from start to finish. Tigers defender Ruby Bowers was awarded the Best on Court Medal.

Portland already have shown great improvement from their 2023 campaign, and there is a real buzz at Tigerland, and a true self belief on what can be achieved in 2024.

Blain Big Milestone

Popular Cobden midcourter Alicia Blain will hit the court for the 150th time this weekend in the Open Division.

The hard-working Bomber made her senior debut as a 15 year old in 2012, and has been a regular fixture in the Red and Black for a number of season’s.

Admired for her determination and leadership on the court, Alicia whilst having a key playing role in 2024, also has a big mentoring role within the team for the next generation of Bombers netballers coming through.

An amazing achievement and one the entire Cobden faithful will celebrate and acknowledge strongly this weekend.

Ryan Green and Gold

The Eva Ryan story has added another chapter this week, with the Warrnambool Blue rewarded with Australian U17 training squad honours .

The key goaler, who played in defence at the National Champs, will head to the AIS for a training camp in July.

It will be interesting to see how Blues coach Kate Lindsey uses Eva in the coming weeks, as she is valuable goal-shooter but played in defence for Victoria.

Nevertheless, an amazing piece of recognition for a young star who will in my mind play a very high level of netball in the coming year’s.

Goal- Shooting Leaders

  1. Amy Wormald (W) – 108
  2. Jessica Tobin Salzman (PF) – 104
  3. Molly McLaren (K) – 97
  4. Meg Carlin (SW) – 92
  5. Skye Billing’s (NW) – 91

Round 4 Matches

Warrnambool vs Camperdown (Reid Oval)

North Warrnambool vs Terang Mortlake (Bushfield Oval)

Port Fairy vs Cobden (Gardens Oval)

See you at the Netball.

Around the Grounds with Hilly: Round 4


ANZAC Day Football was a huge success at Hanlon Park with a big crowd watching traditional rivals Portland and Hamilton Kangaroos. The Kangaroos were far superior in the first half, leading by 73 points and 7 goal haul from Kangaroos forward Darcy Russell. Hamilton plays a high octane brand of football under new coach Brad Thomas, and it will scare many sides this season, especially their impressive running capabilities. Portland looked more sound in the second half, outscoring Hamilton and displaying better ball movement, especially Tom Sharp, who was super impressive with 32 disposals and 4 goals.

Grundy Milestone

North Warrnambool will have multiple celebrations at Bushfield Oval this weekend, with Jackson Grundy lining up in his 100th senior game and the 30 year celebration of the 1994 Northern Districts premiership win. What a young player Jackson is becoming. His last two seasons have been phenomenal, which has included representation in the U23 HFNL Interleague Team and selection in the HFNL Team of the Year. Jackson, a hard working midfielder who can go forward and hit the scoreboard, is an emerging leader, having been on the Eagles leadership team for the past few seasons. He is a terrific player and will be a great long-term player in the HFNL.

Motlop Dominates

We are very fortunate in the Hampden League this season so many high profile players have come into the competition. Last weekend we saw the brilliance of former Geelong and Port Adelaide midfielder Steven Motlop. The former Cat had 50 disposals in a best on ground performance, he also took 15 marks and kicked two goals. The quality coming from the AFL and State Leagues is second to none and their output so far has been impressive.

League Stats Leaders

1. Steve Motlop: 50 disposals – 41 kicks, 9 handballs, 15 marks

2. Patty Smith: 45 disposals – 23 kicks, 22 handballs, 12 clearances

3. Toby Jennings: 35 disposals – 23 kicks, 12 handballs, 11 clearances

4. Jarryd Lewis: 35 disposals – 24 kicks, 11 handballs, 11 marks

5. Brody Mahoney: 33 disposals – 18 kicks, 15 handballs, 8 tackles.

Round 4 Matches

Warrnambool vs Camperdown (Reid Oval)

North Warrnambool vs Terang Mortlake (Bushfield Oval)

Port Fairy vs Cobden (Gardens Oval)

See you at the Footy.


HFNL Weekly Netball Wrap: Round 3


The second round of the Hampden Football Netball League Open Division was full of high scoring. Reigning premiers South Warrnambool and Warrnambool led the way, both scoring in the 70’s. Blues gun Amy Wormald had an amazing day at the office, scoring 63 goals. No doubt Amy would have rested easy on Saturday after a performance like that. Hollie Phillips and Lily Eldridge also scored prominently for their respective teams, there is no shortage of quality shooting in the HFNL.

Warrnambool young gun Eva Ryan will return to club land this weekend after finishing representative duties with Victoria. The goalie was a part of the U17 team that won a bronze medal at the National Championships. Eva stated on the Netball Show this week is was a great experience. The Blues young gun played in defence for most of the tournament, adding another layer to her game.

Next weekend will be the first trial for players to make the Association Championship HFNL teams. A whopping 130 players have expressed interest in playing for the Bottle Greens at the Western Zone Championships in the U13, U15 and U17 divisions. The coaches are looking forward to seeing everyone take part and hopefully some great competitive squads are produced. We are blessed with junior talent in the HFNL, and we wish everyone all the best.

Round 3 Matches

Cobden vs Warrnambool 

Hamilton vs South Warrnambool

Portland vs Terang Mortlake

North Warrnambool vs Port Fairy

Camperdown vs Koroit

Another great weekend of Hampden League Netball coming up.

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