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.
- 13 & Under had 39 girls who trialled across the three trial dates with 11 clubs represented.
- 15 & Under had 26 girls who trialled with eight clubs represented.
- 17 & Under had 20 girls trial with seven clubs represented.
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.
- 13 & Under Open team came 5th at the Frankston tournament and 4th at Association Champs.
- 13 & Under Reserve team came 4th at the Frankston tournament and 4th at Association Champs.
- 15 & Under Open came 5th at Frankston and 5th on percentage at Association Champs.
- 17 & Under played at the Association Champs placing 5th they while also winning their Interleague match against EDNA/EDFL 41-21.
- Our Open team won their Interleague match against EDNA/EDFL 45-34 and finished 5th at Association Finals.
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.