Mininera and District Netball Association grateful to be back

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The 2021 Mininera and District Netball Association was able to complete their home and away season, even with the different coronavirus restrictions imposed throughout the season. A Grade had a five clear standout teams with Woorndoo Mortlake going through the season undefeated. Tatyoon and Great Western rounded out the top five with seven wins each. B Grade was a close competition with one win separating the top three with the Ararat Eagles rounding out the top four. Second to fifth place could only be split by percentage in C Grade, while Great Western finished three games clear on top of the ladder. Mininera and District Netball Association president Amy Hurley believes it was “great to see” players back on the court in 2021 after the 2020 season cancellation. RELATED: Mininera and District Football League reflects on 2021 season, looks ahead for future Hurley said she was pleased with season 2021’s junior numbers especially in the Under-13 age group which was quite a young competition. “It’s great, it means players are starting younger and will be hopefully hanging around and following through all of their junior netball with their respective clubs,” she said. “I see it as really promising because if those players stick around it means our Under-15s and Under-17s competitions will be filled in years to come.” Hurley believed the hurdles the league endured and overcame during the season illustrated what could be achieved. READ MORE: “I think that we have really learnt to be adaptable, we can play without crowds and we can be resilient to see our season through,” she said. “Hopefully next year we can get a full season in with no interruptions, but we know we can do it.” A season highlight for Hurley was, despite the coronavirus interruptions, the league able to send away squad teams to the Ballarat Association Championships. “Hopefully our squad teams can do more than one competition, but given the circumstances it was really positive,” she said. OTHER NEWS: “Another highlight is being able to have trainings and games most weekends which we weren’t able to do last year, and the social side has been a real positive.” Ararat Eagles A Grade side ended the home and away competition in tenth position with two wins and nine losses, after not being able to field a team in 2019. The Eagles B Grade side claimed fourth spot, after finishing sixth in 2019 and the club’s C Grade side finished in fifth. Ararat’s Under-18s team finished ninth with three wins, whereas the Under-15s were winless from 11 matches. The Eagles Under-13s finished eighth with four wins from 11 matches. Ararat Eagles president Nats McRoberts credits recruiting Olivia West, who played over 200 A grade games for the Ararat Rats, to the club as a “drawcard” in attracting more players in season 2021. “Recruiting Olivia West to come on board and coach A Grade was a drawcard for players for sure, we had an influx of younger players come through which helped out,” McRoberts said. “With two netball sides finishing in the top five (B and C Grade) from where we were in 2019, it’s a pretty remarkable turnaround.” MORE NEWS: Great Western finished fifth in A grade, sixth in B Grade and ended the season as minor premiers in C Grade. The Lions Under-18s side finished fifth with seven wins from 11 matches, while their Under-15s went through the season undefeated to finish on top of the ladder. Great Western’s Under-13s side ended the season in ninth position with three wins from their eleven matches. Tatyoon had a successful season in A Grade finishing in fourth place, however they finished eighth in B and C Grade. The Hawks Under-18s fell from first in 2019 to seventh this season with five wins. Tatyoon’s Under-15s side finished eighth and the Under 13s finished 12th with one win. Moyston-Willaura’s A and B Grade teams both finished in ninth, while their C Grade team was far more successful, securing third place with eight wins from 11 matches. The Pumas’ Under-18s side had a great season, finishing fourth win eight wins and three losses and the Under-15s and Under-13s teams both finished in fifth. The SMW Rovers’ A and B Grade sides both finished in seventh place, while their C Grade side finished last. The Rovers’ Under-18s and Under-15s sides both ended the season in eleventh place. SMW’s Under-13s team made a massive jump from eleventh in 2019 to second this season, finishing with 10 wins from 11 matches. 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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The 2021 Mininera and District Netball Association was able to complete their home and away season, even with the different coronavirus restrictions imposed throughout the season.

A Grade had a five clear standout teams with Woorndoo Mortlake going through the season undefeated.

Tatyoon and Great Western rounded out the top five with seven wins each.

B Grade was a close competition with one win separating the top three with the Ararat Eagles rounding out the top four.

Second to fifth place could only be split by percentage in C Grade, while Great Western finished three games clear on top of the ladder.

Mininera and District Netball Association president Amy Hurley believes it was “great to see” players back on the court in 2021 after the 2020 season cancellation.

Hurley said she was pleased with season 2021’s junior numbers especially in the Under-13 age group which was quite a young competition.

“It’s great, it means players are starting younger and will be hopefully hanging around and following through all of their junior netball with their respective clubs,” she said.

“I see it as really promising because if those players stick around it means our Under-15s and Under-17s competitions will be filled in years to come.”

Hurley believed the hurdles the league endured and overcame during the season illustrated what could be achieved.

“I think that we have really learnt to be adaptable, we can play without crowds and we can be resilient to see our season through,” she said.

“Hopefully next year we can get a full season in with no interruptions, but we know we can do it.”

A season highlight for Hurley was, despite the coronavirus interruptions, the league able to send away squad teams to the Ballarat Association Championships.

“Hopefully our squad teams can do more than one competition, but given the circumstances it was really positive,” she said.

“Another highlight is being able to have trainings and games most weekends which we weren’t able to do last year, and the social side has been a real positive.”

Ararat Eagles A Grade side ended the home and away competition in tenth position with two wins and nine losses, after not being able to field a team in 2019.

The Eagles B Grade side claimed fourth spot, after finishing sixth in 2019 and the club’s C Grade side finished in fifth.

Ararat’s Under-18s team finished ninth with three wins, whereas the Under-15s were winless from 11 matches. The Eagles Under-13s finished eighth with four wins from 11 matches.

Ararat Eagles president Nats McRoberts credits recruiting Olivia West, who played over 200 A grade games for the Ararat Rats, to the club as a “drawcard” in attracting more players in season 2021.

“Recruiting Olivia West to come on board and coach A Grade was a drawcard for players for sure, we had an influx of younger players come through which helped out,” McRoberts said.

“With two netball sides finishing in the top five (B and C Grade) from where we were in 2019, it’s a pretty remarkable turnaround.”

Great Western finished fifth in A grade, sixth in B Grade and ended the season as minor premiers in C Grade.

The Lions Under-18s side finished fifth with seven wins from 11 matches, while their Under-15s went through the season undefeated to finish on top of the ladder.

Great Western’s Under-13s side ended the season in ninth position with three wins from their eleven matches.

Tatyoon had a successful season in A Grade finishing in fourth place, however they finished eighth in B and C Grade.

The Hawks Under-18s fell from first in 2019 to seventh this season with five wins. Tatyoon’s Under-15s side finished eighth and the Under 13s finished 12th with one win.

Moyston-Willaura’s A and B Grade teams both finished in ninth, while their C Grade team was far more successful, securing third place with eight wins from 11 matches.

The Pumas’ Under-18s side had a great season, finishing fourth win eight wins and three losses and the Under-15s and Under-13s teams both finished in fifth.

The SMW Rovers’ A and B Grade sides both finished in seventh place, while their C Grade side finished last.

The Rovers’ Under-18s and Under-15s sides both ended the season in eleventh place.

SMW’s Under-13s team made a massive jump from eleventh in 2019 to second this season, finishing with 10 wins from 11 matches.

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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