Spectacular clean sweep on cards
WITH a team in each one of the six junior division grand finals, Valleys’ netballers have the rare chance to secure a spectacular clean sweep of titles.
Valleys’ junior division one through to division four sides, along with their cadets one and two teams will contest deciders at Gladstone netball courts this evening.
Juniors coach Natalie Hamilton said that reaching finals in every division was a remarkable achievement by the Valleys’ girls, whose success stems from a healthy club culture.
“I’ve always been of the theory that junior sport is a friendship thing – you get out there and have fun with your friends. We’ve always given them the option of moving teams if they’re not happy or if they’re a good player that needs to play at a higher level,” she said.
“Generally we just put them with their friends, so I think our biggest thing is playing with your friends and having fun.”
The club’s cadet one, junior one and junior three teams all won their minor premierships, which secured them automatic entry to the grand final.
Valleys seniors emulated their younger counterparts’ accomplishment, with their senior one Stars, senior two Comets and senior three Rockets sides all contesting grand finals last Saturday.
Unfortunately for the club none of their senior teams managed victories, with the Stars and Rockets trumped by Yaralla, and the Comets felled by LSS.
Division one Stars player Melanie Whitmore, who also coaches the juniors, said that despite the losses, the senior sides all put in strong performances.