D grade pushes through for finals appearance
It was a pretty tough year on the courts for the Demon girls, but there was plenty of good netball played with the highlight being that our D grade team made the finals.
The girls finished fifth on the ladder and played Yallourn/Yallourn North (YYN) in the elimination final at Morwell East, but were outclassed by the in-form Bombers who ran out easy winners.
Coach Heather Notting, who hails from Churchill, pulled together a team of old and young to deliver the club’s first netball final for the past few years.
C grade also had a reasonable season, but lost key shooter Pru Billingsley to injury only weeks from the finals, just missing out on the fifth position.
Another highlight was the A grade girls’ first win in the final round of the competition. The girls, who competed courageously all year losing several games by just one or two goals, finally took the honours against YYN, with persistence and determination the key.
This season we fielded seven teams – one in the Churchill junior competition and the rest in the Mid Gippsland Netball Association (MGNA)- and also trained beginner netballers through our NETTA
All up we had about 30 junior players and about 40 senior players – many of them playing for Boolarra for the first time.
Several of our players fared well at the recent MGNA vote count, including Jade Shoobert (D grade), Carlie Woodbridge (C grade) and Jasmin Hornsey (A grade).
The netball club has meals available on Thursday nights after training and also on Saturdays after home games. While this provides a valuable service to footy and netball players and supporters alike, it is also netball’s way of fundraising for new equipment and professional development, so thanks to all of those who helped out in the kitchen this year especially Annie, Jackie, Faye, Bec, Ann and Chris.
Pretty soon we will be starting our mixed twilight competition (contact netball secretary Jackie McGlade for details or to register your team on 5169 6507). This is always a great fun way to wind down from the season in the lead up to Christmas. After the games we share a barbecue tea.
As the season comes to a close we look forward to the next with the goal of increasing our junior numbers and reinvigorating our senior sides.
If you are interested in playing, coaching or supporting netball in season 2012, please contact A grade coach Cherry.
Submitted by Cherry Prior.