Archive | September, 2015

Aussie Young Guns finish Kiwi tour in style…

19 Sep

Australia’s young netball aces have topped off a terrific New Zealand campaign with a convincing victory over a New Zealand 23 & Under Men’s team,

AMMNA sent two teams to the NZ Men’s Netball Championships as guest participants in the Men’s & 23 & Under Men’s divisions.  The Australian 17 & Under Boys team participated in the 23 & Under section.  Although competing in an older age group than what the boys are used to, the team came together well, putting in some tremendous performances.  Under the watchful eye of coach Matthew Blomeley, the Aussie 17’s finished the tournament with a record of 2 wins, 3 losses:

17’s lost to Cook Straight 23’s – 28/29Aussie 17's 2015

17’s lost to Auckland 23’s – 36/37

17’s lost to Canterbury 23’s – 23/33

17’s defeated Wellington 23’s – 40/26

  • 17’s defeated North Harbour 23’s – 31/25

Aussie 20's 2015

In the Men’s division the Australian 23 & Under Men’s team fought hard for 3 days of senior competition. After two days of up and down results, our 23’s came home strong on day three finishing off the event with two solid victories to finish with 5 wins and 3 losses:

20’s lost to Canterbury B – 24/29

20’s lost to Nth Harbour Open – 21/46

20’s defeated Cook Straight Masters – 54/16

20’s defeated WaikatoTainuiRangatahi – 39/20

20’s lost to Canterbury Masters – 26/29

20’s defeated Wellington B – 40/22

20’s defeated Hutt Valley- 44/32

20’s defeated Cook Straight White – 41/28

As guests of the Kiwi’s, our young development teams were not eligible to play finals, the New Zealand Men’s Netball selected a 23 & Under Men’s team to take on a “young gun” Aussie team comprised of a mixture of players from the Australian 17’s and 20’s.  Whilst the match may not have been an official test, national pride was on the line, and the two teams squared of for a classic trans-tasman battle.

Aussie Young Guns 2015

Australia’s combines 17’s & 20’s team knocked off the Kiwi 23’s with a solid 39-32 victory. Ben Bingley, Didier Michel, Steve Ribaroski, Jack Edwards, Josh Byron, Jayden Cowling, Luke Marko-Rawlings, Matt Branch, Nathan Begley, Jackson Mynott, Coach Matthew Blomeley, Manager Esther Latimour, Primary Carer Matt Button

Australia got off to a shaky in the first quarter, but after some reassuring words and a couple of positional changes from coach Matthew Blomeley, the boys settled into the match. From that point the combination of 20s and 17s players managed to get their combinations to play a classic Aussie brand of direct play, fast release and tight defence. The Kiwi 23s were relentless in effort but the Aussie boys managed to get their noses in front, then push home the advantage and finish with a 39-32 win. Steven Ribaroski and Jack Edwards from the 17s stepped up well to the challenge whilst Matt Branch and Josh Byron from the 20s showed why they have both had terrific tournaments at either end of the court.

AMMNA to target domestic growth across Australia…

17 Sep

Representative men’s & mixed netball in Australia is slowly starting to gather momentum.  Next Easter some 40 teams will call the eastern suburbs of Melbourne home for one week as they contest the 32nd Australian Men’s & Mixed Netball Championships.  Whilst this tournament is growing, AMMNA recognizes that as a governing body, it simply is not enough to solely focus on the “pointy end” of our sport, and expect that we will continue to return incremental growth. There must be sustainable pathways.

In January 2005, Victoria trialed a new Men’s Netball competition, calling it MLEAGUE.  This is a brand name that has stuck, with the competition now including Mixed and deep into its 10th consecutive year.  A few years ago, NSW also recognized the importance of a local men’s league, adopting the MLEAGUE brand for its premier Men’s competition.

M-League-WA-logo-v1-(high-res) M-League-VIC-logo-v1-(high-res) M-League-TAS-logo-v1-(high-res) M-League-SA-logo-v1-(high-res) M-League-QLD-logo-v1-(high-res) M-League-NSW-logo-v1-(high-res)MLEAGUE is now a strong brand within netball circles.  With this in mind, AMMNA has decided to enhance this brand, with plans to expand its reach right across Australia.  With a ‘slight’ revamp of the logo, and the creation of new state based MLEAGUE logos, the goal is to create a brand of strength that demonstrates to players that they are part of a national movement.  Whilst for now MLEAGUE competitions are locally based, the concept of MLEAGUE has huge growth potential. AMMNA Development & Strategy consultant, James McCallum, was excited about where MLEAGUE could take Men’s Netball, “Our growth potential is limitless. The MLEAGUE brand can be defined in any way we want.  Why can’t we see a regional location adopt our brand for their Mixed competition?”  And it’s not just locally where Mr. McCallum sees development, “I can see MLEAGUE competitions played in every state and territory, but I can also see national club based tournaments eventually hitting the representative netball landscape.  Like all of our programs, AMMNA puts absolutely no limitations on growth”.

Young Aussies taking on the Kiwis…….

15 Sep

Our young Australian Sonix squad has arrived in New Zealand, settled in and is ready to compete at the New Zealand Men’s Netball Championships, commencing Wednesday September 16th.

Being hosted in Wellington, the tournament is contested by provincial teams from all parts of New Zealand, and features some of the very best netballers in the world.

NZ Tour 2015 - 1

Victoria’s Jayden Cowling & Nathan Begley heading of for national duties at Melbourne Airport…

At the 2015 AMMNA Championships, selectors chose Australian teams form all divisions, including these two touring teams, the Australian 17 & Under Boys Netball Team and the Australian 20 & Under Men’s Netball Team.  Speaking before the squad departed, AMMNA President Grant Crocker was delighted that these young players have the opportunity to compete internationally. “It’s wonderful for these boys.  Opportunities to play internationally are difficult to come by in Men’s Netball, even for our senior squads. We’re very appreciative that our New Zealand counterparts have welcomed us entering these teams into their tournament”, said Mr. Crocker.

At the tournament, the Aussie 17’s will play in the 23 & Under division, whilst the Aussie 20’s face the challenging task of competing in the open division against 18 other senior teams.  Sonix 20 & Under coach, Darren Kelly was excited with his charges, “we had a camp in Melbourne a few weeks back, and the boys really impressed.  To be honest I was pleasantly surprised at the standard the boys are at.  This tour is all about their development.  Playing against the experienced big bodies of the senior kiwi teams is going to be a great experience for these boys, and who knows, they may just surprise a few”.

AUSTRALIAN 17 & UNDER BOYS: Adam Matthews (vic), Ben Bingley (vic), Cameron Neale (vic), Dale Mason (vic), Didier Michel (nsw), Jack Edwards (nsw), Joel Gosbell (vic), Manawa Aranui (vic), Steven Ribaroski (nsw), Taylor Fraser (nsw), Coach: Matt Blomeley (vic), Manager: Karen Wild (vic)

AUSTRALIAN 20 & UNDER MEN: Jackson Mynott (vic), Jayden Cowling (vic), Joshua Burns (vic), Joshua Byron (nsw), Luke Marko-Rawlings (vic), Matthew Branch (qld), Matthew Burton (qld), Mytchell McIntyre (qld), Nathan Begley (vic), Travis Malmsheimer (qld), Coach: Darren Kelly (nsw), Manager: Esther Latimour (nsw)

TRAINER: Nathan Nolan (vic)

TOURING UMPIRES: Jordan Kiss (nsw), Peta Ingall (nsw), Renee Marshall (nsw), Sue Holden (qld)

AMMNA OFFICIALS: International Director – Vincent De Luca (nsw), Umpire Director – Maureen Stephenson (nsw)

The Selection Dilemma

1 Sep

Spring is upon us.  It’s selection time across the AMMNA landscape.

With selections comes plenty of opinion, advice, rumor and manipulation.  In every state it is the same thing, individuals are striving for an individual outcome, whilst coaches and selectors are forming teams, with administrators behind them attempting to achieve squad targets in order to help deliver on tournament goals.

There is much to ponder when selecting teams.

44So what are the goals when selecting a team?  Many would argue the goal is to simply win, but the organization has other responsibilities.  There is not just this year to consider, what about the future?  Who is going to make up the nucleus of the team for the next five years?  How many players do we take, and what flow on effect will selections at the top end have on the development teams?

The how many players question is always debatable.  The coach always wants as many options as possible, but taking a squad of 12 imposes man management issues – 5 on the bench is a big number, especially when everyone has paid the same costs. What does selecting 12 in the open men’s team do to the remainder of the squad? Does it reduce the quality of the reserves or the even the mixed team, or even mean the state can’t field a development team?  Does player number 12 end up sitting on the bench most of the week, thinking to himself – ‘I should have opted for mixed, or I would have gotten value for money if I’d played reserves or 23’s’.

So too the players should think about a number of factors:

  • What team do I want to play in?
  • Where will I get value for my effort?
  • How many players will be selected? (YES – you can ask)
  • Do I have individual goals and can I achieve them in the men’s, mixed, 23’s or reserves?
At the 2016 AMMNA Championships, Australian selectors will be conducting selections for a SONIX tour of New Zealand, where the MEN’S, MIXED & 23&Under MEN will contest a Tri-Nation series against New Zealand & South Africa.  If this is an individual goal, then the decision you make today on your state team application, could bear heavily on what you can achieve come SONIX team announcements.
At the end of the process, there are some things that are certain; some will be happy, some will be indifferent, some will be a bit ‘miffed’, and a few will be feeling a little hard done by.  Whatever the scenario, the teams will always move forward.
Good luck to all those who have undertaken the task of selecting the teams, and good luck to all of you who are striving to make teams – make your choices wisely.