The Alex Scott & Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition runs a successful representative netball program, with teams in three junior age groups – 17&U, 15&U and 13&U – as well as an open team that participate in a range of regional competitions.
The journey started on the 1st April and our final day was 23rd June just in time for a couple of weeks rest before final’s started.
The girls trialled over a three-week period and in total 96 girls turned up to tryout and represent WGFNC. Out of these girls, 5 junior teams and 1 open team were selected to represent the WGFNC.
All junior grades had three emergencies to cover possible injuries or availability issues.
The open team had a squad of 11 girls with all seven clubs that trialled being represented. This team was a mixture of youth and experience with all girls learning and growing from each other with results showing on the court.
The 13 & Under and 15 & Under teams played two tournaments each.
Out of the 50 juniors who represented WGFNC, 15 girls were talent identified.
It was a fantastic effort by all players who put their hand up to represent the WGFNC and all should be proud of the work they put in.
The biggest challenged faced during the program was a shortage of umpires. The WGFNC only had two umpires put their hand up for entirety of the above tournaments. Umpiring these tournaments is a fantastic opportunity for any umpire looking take their umpiring further and a chance to be talent identified. We urge all those thinking about this to take up the opportunity for further umpiring development in 2020.
With a program of this size it takes a lot of hands to get it all to come together. To the three Koo Wee Rup ladies Raelene, Tina and Lisa who helped get the girls into teams and onto the courts while the coaches were busy, to all the parents who drove the girls to all trial’s, training’s and tournaments, the two umpires Kim Dowson from Garfield and Kaisha Stacey from Cora Lynn who gave up their time especially on the bye weekend to umpire Interleague and also to the Korumburra, Cora Lynn & Garfield Netball Clubs for the use of their facilities over the seven weeks of trial’s and trainings, we thank you all for your contribution in making the WGFNC Representative Netball Program possible in 2019.
Finally to the coaches, we are lucky enough to be able to lean on the coaching talent within our member clubs and the time you all took out of your busy lives to show case the talent that WGFNC is fortunate enough to have within our clubs did not go unnoticed, congratulations to you all.
In 2021 just as we were starting to relax an plan ahead Covid again put the brakes on our lives and once again we were stuck in neutral – on Sunday representative netball finally got back underway although a little different
Association Championships after being cancelled in 2020 and postponed earlier in 2021 teams finally got out on court.
It turned out to be a long process from trialling, selections, training and finally playing.
The girls finally got out on the court at Association Championships to play against the best that our region had to offer. With so much talent on display the girls were able to show what they were capable of.
In wet, cold and slippery conditions the spotlight was on our junior netballers and that our senior competition is in good hands in the future if this is our guide.
With our most successful year to date for our young competition, four out of six teams played off in the Semi Finals with the 17 Reserve just missing out and the 15s Open were set for finals in August along with the winners and runner up teams from across our state.
For the first time WGFNC were able to field two U17 teams.
The Open team with experience and skills beyond their years lost in the Semi-Final, but bragging rights go to the reserve team taking out a nail biting win 11-10 over the Open team .. this game drew a good crowd and showcased our upcoming talent, skill and sportsmanship. It showed how well balanced these teams were.
17s Reserve team
Finished just out of the final 4 although they had some good wins under their belts.
The 15s Open finished their day with runner up medals around their necks and cementing their spot in Melbourne against the other Finalists from across Victoria, but not before heart stopping draw in the Semi playing extra time to take the win by 1 goal. After an injury earlier in the day which saw a change in the team lineup the team dug deep when they needed to.
15s Open Team
Finished 2nd on the ladder after a very successful day losing only 1 game in their pool, the girls lost in the Semi by 3 Goals to Mid Gippsland. Again, the U15 teams were very well balanced with talent that matched.
15s Reserve Team
Finished 5th on the day with some beautiful netball on display they were a little unlucky in a couple of games
Started off well but by the second half of the draw the wet slippery conditions made for some close games but not tipped in our balance and we missed our chance at playing finals.
Finished 2nd on the ladder at the end of the day. The girls lost the Semi 12-13. This young group of girls bonded as a team and adjusted to changing weather conditions very quickly.
Three Umpires were sourced by WGFNC and clubs that were able to help were Garfield Georgia Newell, Garfield & Tammy and Meegan Bertone KWR .. Clubs have to step up in this area next year if they wish their juniors to have access to NV pathways.