Your club, your season | Riding a rollercoaster to the HDFNL top-six

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2021 was a challenging year for every team in the HDFNL, and the Swifts netball was no exception, with ups and downs the whole way along. The Swifts showed off a new look squad in 2021, which took them to sixth place on the ladder with six wins, five losses and a draw. Swifts A Grade coach Kristy Dodds said she was very proud of her squad and the way they fought through adversity in 2021. “Throughout the season our team has faced multiple personal challenges off the court almost every week, in addition to the additional interruptions from COVID-19,” she said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the team with their never give up attitude and fighting spirit. To read more HDFNL Your club, your season, visit the Wimmera Mail-Times: “My biggest take home message for the players was to have fun and enjoy the netball we got to play and make the most of it. “The group made one another stay accountable and participated in virtual sessions and running tag. This helped the group pick up where we left off during the breaks when we got back into training sessions.” Dodds said to see her squad climb into the top-six was a surprise and said the group has an eye on continuing to rise in 2022. To read more HDFNL Your club, your season, visit the Wimmera Mail-Times: “The fact we’re an entirely new playing group, to make the top six and play finals is incredible,” she said. “Staying united, committed and proud as a club is the key to success moving forward.” The Swifts started the 2021 season slowly with two losses, before correcting their form against Rupanyup and Pimpinio. READ MORE: Their best win of the season came over Kalkee at North Park, where the Swifts held on for crucial three-goal win, 40-37. The Swifts also had two other teams qualify in the top six with the B Grade and the C Reserve also finishing in sixth position on the ladder. If you can see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Stawell Times-News, as we made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and for allowing us to continue telling Stawell’s story. We appreciate your support of journalism in our great town.

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2021 was a challenging year for every team in the HDFNL, and the Swifts netball was no exception, with ups and downs the whole way along.

The Swifts showed off a new look squad in 2021, which took them to sixth place on the ladder with six wins, five losses and a draw.

Swifts A Grade coach Kristy Dodds said she was very proud of her squad and the way they fought through adversity in 2021.

“Throughout the season our team has faced multiple personal challenges off the court almost every week, in addition to the additional interruptions from COVID-19,” she said.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the team with their never give up attitude and fighting spirit.

“My biggest take home message for the players was to have fun and enjoy the netball we got to play and make the most of it.

“The group made one another stay accountable and participated in virtual sessions and running tag. This helped the group pick up where we left off during the breaks when we got back into training sessions.”

Dodds said to see her squad climb into the top-six was a surprise and said the group has an eye on continuing to rise in 2022.

“The fact we’re an entirely new playing group, to make the top six and play finals is incredible,” she said.

“Staying united, committed and proud as a club is the key to success moving forward.”

The Swifts started the 2021 season slowly with two losses, before correcting their form against Rupanyup and Pimpinio.

Their best win of the season came over Kalkee at North Park, where the Swifts held on for crucial three-goal win, 40-37.

The Swifts also had two other teams qualify in the top six with the B Grade and the C Reserve also finishing in sixth position on the ladder.

If you can see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Stawell Times-News, as we made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and for allowing us to continue telling Stawell’s story. We appreciate your support of journalism in our great town.

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