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It was great to see so many people out and about on the weekend, enjoying the favourable weather conditions and some great competitive football and netball. After a year of living through a global pandemic and with very little sport, I’m sure everyone is appreciating the many aspects our great Sports bring to us all and our Communities.
In a recap of last week’s games, South Warrnambool easily accounted for the North Warrnambool eagles with Olivia Marris starring again, scoring 40 of her teams 59 goals. Koroit had a convincing win over Terang/Mortlake winning by 17 goals. Warrnambool, without Amy Wormald, come up short against a determined Hamilton Kangaroos. Hamilton led after every quarter and were eventual winners by 8 goals. Close town rivals, Camperdown and Cobden had a great battle with Cobden the eventual winners by 9 and Port Fairy made it two from two to take the Premiership points in their encounter against Portland.
This week, South Warrnambool will take on Camperdown at Friendlies Society Park. South have proven they are a much improved team this year, and will be a strong finals contender. Camperdown have been very competitive in their matches and this week will be no different, but I think the Rooster’s depth and variety of options will be their strength and should take the four points. In a rematch of the 2019 Grand Final, Cobden play Koroit at the Community Bank Rec Reserve. Cobden are still without two of their starting 7 and will struggle to match the experience of Koroit without Sophie and Nadine. I think Koroit will take the points here. Port Fairy travel to Terang/Mortlake for a Super Saturday match (to be played at 1.15 p.m.) Port Fairy will bring a lot of confidence into this match winning their first two games and Terang will be keen to get their first win on the board. This will be a tight contest, but Port Fairy have a lot of momentum and will possibly make it three from three. North Warrnambool will also be keen to get their first win after two tough encounters to start their season. They will be more evenly matched against Warrnambool and if they are able to shut down the strength of the Warrnambool attack, I think they can get their first win. On Sunday, Portland host Hamilton Kangaroos at Flinders Park in Portland. (Unfortunately, the upgrades at Portland’s courts at Hanlon Park are not completed.) Hamilton have had a great start to their 2021 season and I think they will continue that form going into the Anzac day match. Portland may struggle against the inform Kangaroos and Hamilton will win a close game.
Congratulations to Penne Telfer from the Portland Football Netball Cricket Club who played her 100th Club game last Saturday in the Division 3 match. You have been a great participant for your Club, well done!
A significant day on our Netball Calendar in 2019 was our inaugural Umpire Appreciation Round and as mentioned in last week’s article we will be acknowledging the great work that our umpires do again this season in Round 7 on May 29th. An important part of this event will be placing Umpire Mentors at each of the games to assist with the development of all our umpires. Barb Cox will be assisting with the mentoring as well as conducting the “Rules Discussion” on Friday, May 28th. (Time and venue still to be confirmed). More details will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Good Luck to everyone participating this week and may you all do your club proud.
Author: Josie Logan