A Cap of Results from last week
Cobden dominated in their match against Camperdown with Emily Finch sinking an incredible 65 goals for the Bombers. They outscored the Magpies 81 to 27.
North Warrnambool had to fight off a determined Portland. North took the lead early but Portland got on top in the third quarter clawing back a 9 goal deficit. North were able to settle in the last quarter eventually taking a 9 goal win. Heide Jones was instrumental when her team were able to close the gap and Maddison Vardy was super strong through the Centre for the Eagles.
Koroit played a good brand of netball when they were able to overcome Warrnambool 42 to 31. Amy Wormald for the Blues had a stint in defence in an attempt to stop Nell Mitchell but all to no avail, the Saints were too strong. After an interrupted start to the Season for the Saints I think we’ll start to see some improvement from here on in.
Terang Mortlake take their win tally to three after defeating Port Fairy 68 to 28. Hollie Castledine played a great game in defence, limiting the seagulls scoring opportunities and Elsie Adams put in a great performance for Port Fairy.
In the final game of the Round, South Warrnambool (1) versed Hamilton Kangaroos (3). The Kangaroos are certainly a much more competitive team than in 2022 and challenged South for most of the game. Holly Phillips had another great day out, scoring 51 of her team’s 62 goals. The Roosters were eventual winners by
The Teams have been selected and for the first time in quite a few years we will have four teams participating in the Preliminary Rounds in Warrnambool on June 4th. The League have decided to select two teams in the 13/U Division and both teams will play in Warrnambool in different divisions. We wish all the teams every success on June 4th and lets hope we can once again have all grades participating in Melbourne on June 18th – Finals Weekend.
Umpire Development Round
Once again, I would like to thank the Umpire Mentors and Umpire Co-Ordinators who assisted with our Umpire Development last weekend. Overall, with 9 testers across 5 different venues, we managed to provide mentoring for approximately 60 – 65 Umpires. Everyone concerned did an amazing job and we are so fortunate to have quality Mentors within our league to enable us to provide this Program.
Over the coming weeks we will look to test some of the Umpires who have been identified as potential C Badge candidates.
National Volunteers Week – May 15 to 21
As we celebrate National Volunteers Week, we pay tribute to the many volunteers who give up their time to fulfil many varied roles at Club level each and every week. Community Sport would struggle to exist if it were not for these wonderful volunteers who give back so much to their Clubs. Thank you all so much for the contribution you give, not only to your Clubs but to the Hampden FNL. Your work does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated. Let’s all show our appreciation by thanking the Volunteers this week.
My Predictions for this week
Cobden will host Portland this week and whilst I anticipate the Tigers to be competitive, the Bombers are in very good form and shouldn’t have too much trouble accounting for the Tigers.
Koroit visit Leura Oval to take on Camperdown, and Koroit, who have had an interrupted start to the season, will be looking forward to playing consecutive weeks. Camperdown do not have the experience to counteract Nell Mitchell’s dominance in the goal circle and I expect Koroit to outscore Camperdown quite comfortably.
North Warrnambool, who come up against Port Fairy this week, will be aiming to play four consistent quarters as they have had some low patches in recent weeks. The seagulls are giving their all each and every week but will fall short against a finals contender.
Hamilton and Warrnambool will have a great battle at Pedrina Park. Hamilton have played some consistent netball for the season so far and Warrnamnbool who are still working towards a settled line up, might struggle against a much improved Hamilton Kangaroos. The Kangaroos will get their fourth win.
Terang Mortlake will be tested this week when they take on South Warrnambool at home. The Bloods defence will struggle to get enough turnovers against a talented Roosters attack and South remain undefeated.
Don’t forget to thank our Volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week and Good Luck to all teams competing this weekend.
Author: Josie Logan