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SWAS U14 Netball Squad


Photo and Text: The Warrnambool Standard

FORMER Melbourne Vixen Sarah Wall is behind a new push to better prepare teenagers for the demands of Netball Victoria’s elite junior pathway.

Wall has united with South West Academy of Sport (SWAS) and Netball Victoria to create a 14 and under high-performance squad for netballers in the south-west.

The squad features 18 members of the Hampden, Warrnambool and District and Warrnambool City representative sides.

They will complete once-a-month sessions until December under the guidance of three regional coaches and an elite mentor.

The regional coaches are Koroit stalwart Stacey O’Sullivan, Allansford shooter Steph Jamieson and Old Collegians defender Sara Lenehan.

Wall said the initiative would prepare the teens for Netball Victoria’s Western Zone academy, which targets the 15 and under age group.

“I pushed for the idea we need to keep a high-performance focus in our area and prepare them for the Netball Victoria academy,” she said.

“We want to try and build the pathway for young athletes. We’re finding there’s a lot of talent that isn’t following through to Melbourne.

“We’ve targeted under 14s, so bottom-age 15s. It’s a bit different to the way netball is usually set up.”

“That’ll be a weekly program that won’t overload their existing commitments,” she said. 

The first session is at Warrnambool Stadium on July 15.

Participants: Chelsea Baker (Camperdown), Mahni Beasley (Kolora-Noorat), Kiana Brock (Russells Creek), Grace Broderick (Cobden), Zoe Bussell (North Warrnambool Eagles), Amelia Chow (North Warrnambool Eagles), Eva Clark (Portland), Jaymie Falconer (Portland), Natalie Farley (South Rovers), Ashlea Ferguson (Russells Creek), Meg Hamilton (North Warrnambool Eagles), Olivia Henzen (Camperdown), Maggie Kellett (North Warrnambool Eagles), Hannah Loveday (South Warrnambool), Molly McKinnon (North Warrnambool Eagles), Chelsea Quinn (Koroit), Phoebe Wittmann (North Warrnambool Eagles) and Taylah Nelson (Portland).


Winners Are Grinners At Port Fairy

Article: Golf Victoria

Port Fairy Golf Club with its fabulous windswept, links design along the magnificent Southern Ocean was host to 60 juniors today in two Stuart Appleby events. 
The par 72 layout played havoc for many, as players struggled through the unrelenting layout along the sand dunes. However, 17 year old Tristian Britt signed for a score of one over par 73 to take top overall honours in the Regional Series narrowly edging out his playing partner Harrison Gilbert and also Kieran Vogels who finished a single shot in arrears of the Victoria member. 
Britt’s round was particularly impressive as it consisted of 17 pars and just the one bogey which came on the par 4 17th hole.  
Daniel Kenna from East Framlingham was the best in A Division with a nett score of 70 while Port Fairy’s very own Noah Best claimed the winning prize on a countback in B Division with a score of 69 from his 10 handicap. The C Division stableford section was won by Don Tran with a solid 37 stableford points. 
In the nine hole Rookie event the ever consistent Jazy Roberts came in with the lowest score for the field after carding 39 to win the U11 girls section. Lennox Popplestone (U15 Boys), Greta Dabizzi (U15 Girls) and Ben Powell (U11 Boys) also chimed into the winners circle in the gross sectors. 
The standout in the nett component was 10 year old Sayumi De Costa with a round of 31 in the U11 girls section. 
Many thanks must be passed on to the Port Fairy Golf Club for the array of voluntealters and congratulations to all of the winners.

Caitlin Races Ahead

South West Academy of Sport Cyclist Caitlin Morden spends many mornings battling the cold weather to train on her bike. Being the only female member of the 7 strong SWAS Cycling Squad, Caitlin is already competing against the boys for pole position.

Caitlin believes this gives her the edge to compete against girls her own age though and is a big reason to her year of success on the road. Caitlin recently finished on the podium of the Victorian Country Road Titles. Caitlin finished with a 3rd, only +2.10 behind first place recipient Alice Culling. Caitlin believes that having her dad Wayne as her coach also gives her that competitive edge.

Caitlin also trains hard in the South West Tafe gym with Strength and Conditioning coach Joel Cornelissen where he closely monitors her progress and helps keep her body prepared and ready for each new event and challenge.

From here, Caitlin looks toward the Shepparton Junior Tour held in early June to be able to face her rivals once again and race over the line.


Recently six well deserving South West Academy of Sport athletes traveled to Melbourne to take part in a facilities tour and training session with the Victorian Institute of Sport.

There athletes met with Olympic Water Polo water Rowie Webster who was able to shed an interesting insight into her successful Olympic career. Athletes also worked closely with Strength and Conditioning experts and use state of the art equipment including the highly coveted Alter-G treadmill.

SWAS Athletes also had the opportunity to liaise and meet with athletes from neighboring Regional Academies.

The South West Academy of Sport would like to thank the Victorian Institute of Sport for making this event such a success.alt

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