The Tatura Netball Association is well and truly alive and into its 10th week of the 2017 season.
The Friday night primary school level competition is thriving with five schools involved — Sacred Heart Tatura and Toolamba, Murchison, Tatura and Rushworth Primary Schools — providing players from years 3 to 6.
The Saturday competition in Shepparton also hosts nine Tatura teams ranging from the Under-11 to Under-17 age groups.
This week Under-11 team coach Gaynor Lee touches base.
This year Tatura Netball Club entered a team in the Under-11 section in Division Two at the Saturday competition in Shepparton.
The team consists of nine players in years 4 and 5 from four different primary schools — Tatura, Sacred Heart Tatura, Toolamba and Dhurringile.
This team came together in late March and has trained their hearts out to become a competitive unit in their section.
Under the guidance of coaches, Gaynor Lee and Caitlin Pogue, the players continue to develop their skills and confidence.
The team was recently fortunate enough to have Alex Bertram from Tatura Bulldogs’ A-grade side run a netball clinic for the girls.
This was a resounding success, and in the first match after the clinic they had their biggest win of the season of 16 goals to 10.
On Saturday, June 24, the team played a competitive game against Orrvale, and pulled off a come-from-behind draw in an exciting match where there was much cheering from the crowds of both teams.
The emerging netball stars in this team are Hannah Newman (captain), Madison Langlands, Cassidy Parker, Amelia Kennedy, Aleina Secomb, Isobella Spedding, Tayla Merriman, Ellie Merriman and Tess Somers.
— Gaynor Lee