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.

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