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Last week, in almost perfect weather conditions for netball it was hard not to notice the high scoring matches across all grades. Some of the outstanding goal shooting performances included a 13/U player from Koroit scoring 34 goals This is an amazing effort considering the 13/U’s only play for 40 minutes. Other highlights were Gretta Gleeson from Koroit who, across 2 matches (17/U and Div. 1) scored 73 goals; Carly Thomas from Port Fairy scored 49 goals for her Div. 2 team at Port Fairy and Holly Phillips who has been in fine form of late, scored 42 goals for her Open team despite still being eligible for the 17/U comp.
In a recap of last week’s games Portland would have been very happy when they challenged ladder leaders Cobden only going down by 6 goals at the final siren. It was a gentle reminder to all teams that unless you bring your best game every week there will no doubt be a few upsets. In other results Camperdown went down to Koroit by 11 goals and North Warrnambool struggled to overcome a gallant Port Fairy but were eventual winners by 15. South Warrnambool were comfortable winners over Hamilton Kangaroos and after an even first half Terang Mortlake went down to Warrnambool by 24.
In Round 7, I anticipate Koroit V Warrnambool to be a close contest and Warrnambool could cause a minor upset here. Camperdown take on Port Fairy at home and should come away with the four points. Hamilton Kangaroos travel to Bushfield and will struggle to overcome an improving North Warrnambool. South Warrnambool shouldn’t have any trouble accounting for Portland and Cobden will have learnt a lot last week despite their win and will overcome Terang Mortlake who are still trying to find their rhythm.
Umpire Appreciation Round
This week being our “Umpire Appreciation Round” we would sincerely like to thank each and every one of our Umpires who put on their whites each week to adjudicate the game we all love. We really do appreciate your efforts and the commitment you make to our favourite game.
The leagues focus for the last 3 rounds has been to provide mentors where possible to assist our umpires and help them improve their umpiring skills. Mentoring umpires is an education process that has been happening within our league, especially at club level, for many years. We really do appreciate the enormous number of volunteer hours our educators have given to our umpires over the years and are grateful for the high standard of umpires they have helped produce for our league.
We, as a league, are very fortunate to have so many badged umpires and experienced and well educated Umpire Mentors. I challenge everyone around our netball courts this weekend, including players, coaches, team officials, volunteers and spectators to take the time to thank all of our Umpires and Umpire Mentors and appreciate the great work that they all do on a weekly basis.
GO TEAM WHITE
Good Luck to everyone competing this weekend and best of luck to all our Umpires and Mentors.
Author: Josie Logan