HFNL Weekly Netball Wrap: Round 11

HFNL Weekly Netball Wrap: Round 11

23rd June 2023

A Cap of last week’s Results

In a round where most matches were played in very trying wet and windy conditions, there were some very competitive games being played with 7 teams still well and truly in the hunt to play finals.  Terang Mortlake were back on the winners list with a 72 – 35 goal victory over Camperdown.  Jacqui Arundell had an outstanding game in attack scoring 35 of her team’s goals and whilst the magpies have improved since round 2, they were no match for the Bloods.  The reigning premiers South Warrnambool simply outclassed Port Fairy 93 – 14.  Holly Phillips was outstanding for the Roosters scoring 68 goals and Tessa Allen tried hard for the Seagulls.  The defence combination of Amy Wormald and Matilda Fitzgerald were instrumental in the Blues win over Portland,  53 – 28.  Katie Zeunert tried hard but the Tigers but her team were outscored every quarter.  Koroit and Cobden battled out a close contest at Victoria Park.  The Saints took the leady early and held a 1 goal lead at the main break.  Cobden, who are still working on their best combinations, made a lot of changes during the match and managed to outscore the Saints in the second half to come away with a 3 goal win – 44 to 41.  Sarah Moroney was best on court for the Bombers and Scarlett O’Donnell was Koroit’s best.  In very wet conditions Hamilton Kangaroos and North Warrnambool played out a great game at Pedrina Park.  The Eagles managed a 9 goal lead at half time with Skye Billings having a big impact in goals and they went on to win 46 – 32.

Association Championships Finals Day

Last Sunday the Hampden FNL were very well represented at the Association Championships Finals Day when the 13/U, 15/U, 17/U and Open representative teams competed for a state title.  

The 13/U came up against some strong opposition early in the day and went down in their first 3 games.  They then found their feet and went on to win and draw a game before outsourcing their opposition 17 – 4 in their consolation final.  Thank you to their Team Officials – Jamie Barr, Kym Grundy and Kim Wines.

The 15/U team won 9 of their 11 games in the Preliminary rounds.  These results placed them well on the ladder and came up against St. Albans/Caroline Springs but went down by 3.  They were ably guided by Stacey O’Sullivan, Chelsea Quinn and Marie Wall.

Thd 17/U team finished second after their preliminary rounds after dropping only one game to Ovens & Murray in the Preliminary rounds.  They came up against Ovens & Murray again in their semi final and won by 4 goals but went down to Banyule in the Grand Final 15 – 9.  Thanks to Jacqui Peake and ??? for leading the team.  It was a fantastic effort for all of the players to do so well but they were overcome in the grand final after a very challenging day of high intense netball.  

The Open Team, coached by Will Jamieson, Kate Lindsay and Kerry Jennings, played some outstanding games in the Preliminary Rounds also only dropping the one game.  The competed against Ovens & Murray in the Semi Final and drew initially but went down by 3 goals in extra time. 

Congratulations also to Olivia Marris, Leo McGrath, Lilly Lourey and Leah Kermeen who were our Umpires.  Olivia, Leo and Leah were all awarded finals with Olivia being awarded a Grand Final.  It was a demanding fixture for them all but they all did incredibly well.  Go Team White!!!  

It was a fantastic performance by all of our teams and we were well represented by all of our players, Coaches, Team Managers and Umpires.  The talent of the Hampden FNL was certainly showcased proudly at Finals Day.  Thank you also to the Mike Farrow, Trish Butters, Kathy Hall, Marie Wall and Dot Jenkins for all your commitment and organisation and to the Hampden FNL Executive for providing the opportunity to compete at such an important event on the Netball Calendar.   

Milestone Games

Congratulations to Warrnambool’s Matilda Fitzgerald who will line up for her 50th Open netball match this weekend vs Port Fairy. Matilda moved to the WFNC in U/15s, she has won multiple best and fairest and has played rep in Western region.

Congratulations to Molly Keast from the North Warrnambool Eagles who will play her 50th Senior game this Saturday.  Molly has returned to the Club this season after spending time in Melbourne studying.  Molly is a valued member of the Club who plays both Division 1 and 2 and is also the Assistant Coach for the Development Team.  Well Done Molly – Awesome Effort.

Congratulations to Ally and Jessie Mellblom from the South Warrnambool FNC who both play their 50th Senior Game this Weekend against Camperdown.  The Mellblom family have had a long Association with the Roosters and it’s quite ironic that both sisters celebrate their milestone game the same day.  Both Jessie and Ally are also seen umpiring on a regular basis for their Club.  

Umpire Accreditation

Congratulations to Amy Cooper from the Port Fairy FNC and Rhianne Lewis from the Hamilton Kangaroos FNC who were both awarded their C Badge accreditation last weekend.  Thank you to the Clubs who continue to develop their Umpires, you are now reaping the rewards for your efforts.

My Predictions for This Week

South Warrnambool will have a comfortable win over Camperdown.  Warrnambool will notch up another win when they defeat Port Fairy.  Koroit should take the points when they play Portland.  Cobden and Hamilton Kangaroos will be an interesting game.  The Kangaroos will be keen to get the points to stay in touch with the top 3 but I think Cobden will be too strong.  Terang Mortlake and North Warrnambool will be a close contest and I think will go down to the wire – too close to call.

Good Luck to all teams competing this weekend.

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