2017 Season Netball Coaches Announced
The YFNC Committee of Management are pleased to announce the 2017 netball Coaches.
A Grade Bridget Cassar assisted by Katrina Kennedy
B Grade Hannah Symes assisted by Meg Bonat
C Grade Jaclyn Flanagan
U16 Kaitlyn Cummins.
What an experienced group leading the Pigeon netballers into 2017.
Pigeons may make history by having four teams in the finals. Lets see what happens Round 18 vs Albury. Here’s a round up of the teams going forward by A Grade Coach Bridget Tait.
After another successful home and away season the A grade netballers, despite some hard fought wins late in the season, remain undefeated. The girls have worked hard to secure top spot and earnt a rest have the first week of finals off. None the less the business end of the season is what it’s all about and no doubt the girls will leave no stone unturned in their quest for another premiership.
The defensive combination of Hannah Symes, Annalise Grinter and Holly Milner have the ability to shut down tall and short goaling rotations. Their footwork, communication and ability to read the play has earnt them the respect of being the best defensive group in the league, with the least amount of goals scored against them in the home and away rounds.
The midcourt is a mix of experience, fitness and raw ability led by co-coach Laura Bourke, Sarah Wollington and Jac Flanagan. In this group we are lucky to have two Toni Wilson medallists and numerous premierships between the trio. We are looking for this group to step up and lead our team with their drive, precision feeding and never say die attitude.
Up forward we have youth, speed and accuracy of Abbey Jones and Laura Davis to combine with the strength and experience of Bridget Cassar. With the continued supply of the ball from defenders and midcourt this has allowed goalers to have scored the most goals ahead of any team for the season.
The B grade have been a great support to our group all year and we will have the extra bonus of Casey Barnes, Caitlin O’Dwyer and Kate Robilliard as our extended bench going forward.
Training intensity will be stepped up in the coming weeks as the excitement of another final series is upon us and hopefully the Pigeons can go all the way in 2016.
B grade head into finals with a double chance and a tough battle first up with North Albury. North Albury had a convincing win in the first round but Yarrawonga put together their best performance of the season in the second round to get a resounding victory back. For the young side to go deep in September Casey Barnes, the dynamic Melbourne shooter, will need to continue her powerful performances under the post. Her accuracy and consistency since moving into goals halfway through the season has been a key in the strong performances of the B grade team and huge percentage improvement.
Caity O’Dwyer’s experience, tenacity and fitness will also be essential come finals. She is having a standout season. Her drive in attack and accountability defensively allow her to control the midcourt. B grade are desperate to add a premiership cup to the cabinet having come heartbreakingly close in the previous two grand finals. We have a large squad with loads of talent and versatility and should take great confidence in the fact that we’ve beaten every team.
Yarra C grade have had a fantastic year finishing 3rd on the ladder and for the first time in recent years taking on finals. Key players in finals will be Emma Soutter who has been a powerhouse in Goal Shooter with her accuracy and ability to hold her own against strong defenders. Sharnie Wallden and Clare O’Sullivan will run the mid court with their talk and fast attacking style while Tayla Bogle in Goal Defence will be the key to intercepts and bringing the ball out of defence. All nine girls are extremely proud of what they have achieved this year and have the belief as a team they can go all the way and take it to the big sides in Lavington and North Albury.
Sarah Wollington making history with 200 of her best!
This weekend Rd 18 20 August, Sarah Wollington (nee Davis) will be fronting an Albury opposition for her 200th A Grade netball game and 289th YFNC Club game. What an achievement for this superstar of the game. Sarah is the fourth player behind Tracy Gillies, Lauren Mulquiney and Bri Cossar to make this 200th A Grade accomplishment.
The 2011 OMFNL Toni Wilson medallist has a list of accolades to her name:
- 1999 C Grade premiership team player,
- 2001, 2009-11 and 2014 A Grade premiership team player,
- 2002, 2008 and 2012 A Grade runner up player,
- OMFNL Interleague Representative player 2006-2014
- OMFNL Team of the Decade 2013
- YFNC Life membership 2013
- 2015 A Grade coach.
Sarah is one of four daughters to Neil Davis (1989 Senior Premiership coach) and his wife Raelene. All four sisters including Rebecca, Kristy and Laura have played in premiership teams for the Pigeons. Since netball was introduced into the OMFNL in 1993, Yarrawonga A Grade have been represented in 13 grand finals and Sarah has played in eight of these. This is testament of her determination, dedication and loyalty to the Club.
Sarah is an extremely fit player who works hard on and off the court to maintain her high standards. Sarah’s ability to feed precision passes into the goal ring and her speed around the court are the reasons why she is arguably the League’s best Wing Attack. She is tenacious and can outrun her opponents.
The YFNC congratulations Sarah on her milestone.
Netball Milestones Symes, Flanagan and Laura Davis
It’s not amiss to say the Yarrawonga Football Netball Club (YFNC) has been a massive contender and power house since the inception of netball into the Ovens and Murray Football Netball League and the YFNC have encouraged and nurtured their local talent along the way. Netball milestones keep stacking up and there were three more last Saturday.
Hannah Symes ran out for her 50th A Grade game (145 Club games) and made her usual mark on the game. Hannah’s exceptional anticipation skills and tough uncompromising defence rattles her opponents. Arguably the League’s best Goal Keeper, Hannah is a defender most Goal Shooters fear. Accolades to her name are; 2007 C Grade B&F, 2009 B Grade B&F and premiership player, 2009 OMFNL B Grade B&F, 2010, 2012 and 2014 A Grade premiership player.
How about Jackie Flanagan who played her 150th Club game? Jackie a tenacious, hard-working and versatile mid court player continued to show her defence abilities against North Albury on Saturday. Jackie is one of our 2009 and 2010 A Grade premiership players, she represented the Southern Sports Academy and is a London Wild Kittens premiership player.
Laura Davis, youngest daughter of 1989 Premiership Coach Neil, made her tally 100 Club games. Laura’s understanding of netball is second to none. She is a quick, highly skilled and clever netballer. Laura is the Clubs 2008 B Grade Best and Fairest winner, 2009 OMFNL Rising Star recipient and a 2009, 2010 and 2014 A grade Premiership player. Put Laura anywhere on the court and she will make her opposition player nervous while always making an undeniable positive impact on the game.
What a sensational effort and contribution these girls have made to the Yarrawonga netball. They are popular and well respected ladies at the Pigeon Coop and they are congratulated on their milestones.
Hannah Symes, Laura Davis and Jackie Flanagan
YFNC Junior Pigeon Netball
Do you have a daughter interested in YFNC Junior Pigeon netball for the Sat morning competition in Wangaratta for 2016. Girls need to be in Grade 5 or above next year. It is still a little way off but to make sure of coaches and assist planning, please text daughters name/s and year level in 2016 to Lauren Mulquiney 0400 227 246 before Friday 27 November. Go Pigeons!