Sharp Shooter Jody Richards plays her 250 milestone Game for GSFNC

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This weekend at Dower Park, Golden Square’s sharpshooter Jody Richards will clock up her 250th game for her beloved club Golden Square Football Netball Club against arch rivals Kangaroo Flat.

Jody has served Golden Square with distinction since moving from South Australia to Bendigo in 1997 after graduating as a podiatrist.

Despite interruptions due to injury and the birth of her three daughters Jody will now notch up her 250 milestone game playing 210 of them in A Grade and 40 in her current grade A Res.

The highlight of Jody’s BFNL career to date is undoubtedly her team’s premiership in 2008, after several close calls in which they finished as the league’s bridesmaids.

“I had been in three losing grand finals before that (in 2004, 2006 and 2007),” she says. “(Husband) Chris said that if we hadn’t won, he was going to leave home for a month or so until I got over it.”

Another highlight being last year’s grand final win in 'AR' against Sandhurst where they won convincingly 47 to 29.

 “Spending 2011 as Golden Square’s assistant coach during and after her third pregnancy resulted in Jody adding a non-playing premiership to her CV.

The coaching experience also helped develop her skills as a mentor and she wants to continue that in her newest sporting role.

This year, Jody continues coaching Girton’s grade six and grade 4 teams at Golden City Netball Association – with eldest daughter Olivia playing in the grade six team and Elise in her grade four team, among the team of keen kids she hopes to guide well through their junior days.

“It’s really exciting to try and coach them from a young age and instil some good habits in them.

“Kids who don’t get that to start with can develop bad habits and you see that come through when they are senior players. It’s very hard to change that once they are over 16 or 17,” she says.

Team spirit is one of the reasons Jody loves netball.

Jody was in junior association representative teams throughout her teen years, playing in a suburban competition and then the Adelaide metropolitan league.

When Jody moved here, netball gave her the chance to establish herself in a new community where she had no family and knew no one.

“The first thing she did as soon as soon as she got to Bendigo was become involved with Golden Square FNC.

Jody’s husband Chris remains an important part of Jody’s netball career and is on hand match days and training nights to mind their daughters Olivia, Elise and Ava.

“He’s been good,” Jody says. “Fortunately of a Saturday he is a big supporter of Golden Square, having played there and as a sponsor, and he likes to go and watch them play.

“So it’s not a drama to be at football and netball all day and have the kids there.

Jody’s contribution to Golden Square was recognised three years ago when she received an outstanding achievement and life membership award for 15 years continuous service as a player, coach, committee member and sponsor.

For the last 5 years Jody has been Golden Square’s Netball Liaison Officer where she deals with all enquiries from the league, media, club committee and manages all of Golden Square’s netball coaches.

“As long as the body holds up Jody thinks she will have a few more seasons left in her and might even get to play a few games with her eldest daughter Olivia who is very keen to put on the blue and gold uniform for Golden Square”.

BFNL 17/U Netball Team are Association Champions

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(Photo taken from Netball Victoria website) 

Congratulations to Hayley Bolton (Sandhurst), Melissa Dillon (South Bendigo) and the Bendigo Football Netball League 17/U Netball Team who won the Netball Victoria Association Championships last weekend.

The Championships have been conducted by Netball Victoria for 16 years and is a crucial part of the Netball Victoria talent pathway.  It assists in the development of coaches, umpires and officials.

The Open Team, coached by Lia Marrone (Golden Square) and Marli Roberts (Strathfieldsaye), were defeated by Geelong in the semi final.

17/U Team - Eve Gregor (Kangaroo Flat), Elly Lawton (Sandhurst), Ruby Barkmeyer (Kangaroo Flat), Amy Black (Sandhurst), Ava Lowndes (Kangaroo Flat), Abbey Robinson (Sandhurst), Meg Williams (Sandhurst), Georgia Bolton (Sandhurst), Millie Wicks (Kangaroo Flat) and Absent Annie Spears (Kangaroo Flat)

Open Team - Brooke Bolton (Sandhurst), Brianna Dalrymple-Munro (Strathfieldsaye), Zoe Davies (Kangaroo Flat), Meg Gilbert (Golden Square), Allira Hammond (Golden Square), Gabe Richards (Golden Square), Abby Ryan (Golden Square), Ashley Ryan (Golden Square), Rachael McKenzie (Kangaroo Flat)

Castlemaine celebrate two major milestones

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(Photos supplied by Castlemaine FNC)

It's a HUGE week at The Railway Reserve Oval in Round 11 ….. Castlemaine celebrate two major milestones of games played by two very special Members who have shown us all what true loyalty to a Club is and all the while just playing for the pure enjoyment of the game – come on down and help us Celebrate!

James (Jimmy) O'Brien

This Saturday the 27th June, James O'Brien will run out for his 200th Senior Castlemaine/Bendigo Football Netball League match against Kangaroo Flat.

In his first season with the Magpies, the Castlemaine Mail described him as 'built like superman & plays accordingly”.... on his 200th game we would be hesitant to describe him any other way.

James is the meaning behind the words such as loyal, passionate, disciplined, tough, legend, leader, to name but a few. He is one of the few players in this day and age that has given his all to his local Club and waived offers of more pay and better facilities to continue his support of Castlemaine & remind us that it really is about the enjoyment of the game. He epitomises the leadership qualities and passion that is the driving success behind keeping country football alive and well, all the while encouraging & teaching new generations of players to play at the highest level available in our region.  Jimmy’s Number 13  at Castlemaine teaches us the true meaning of “Club-man-ship, loyalty and dedication to a club”

James has missed very few games over his career due to injuries. His first game for Castlemaine was played in 2003; 2006 he represented Castlemaine in Inter league; 2007 he became Assistant Coach; and has been Captain/Co-Captain in too many seasons to count. In all the years of dedication to Castlemaine he has consistently polled in the top 5 Best & Fairest. In 2012 James received Life Membership

The Committee, Players, Members & Supporters of Castlemaine congratulate James on this wonderful achievement and sincerely thank him for his loyalty, dedication and commitment to our Club. We thank his family (Heather, Georgia & Angus) for their support over the many years and look forward to Angus taking over the role and playing his first senior game with his Dad when he reaches the 300 mark!

Katrina Walters

This Saturday is also a major achievement on the Netball Court. Katrina Walters will play her 300th BFNL game also all achieved under the banner of Castlemaine.

Katrina first started playing netball at the age of 10 for the CDNA representing Norwood Hill juniors for two seasons, five years with West End and 3 for the Emeralds. She represented Castlemaine in Junior & Country week tournaments. She has also represented the BFNL in their B Grade squad in the Country week competition.

Katrina is the Castlemaine record holder for most games played, a record that will be very hard to break. She began her career with Castlemaine in 1991 as part of the inaugural year of the BFNL competition. This year celebrating 25 years of netball. Katrina was the first BFNL player to record 100 games and is etched into the record books of the League. She is also a Life Member of the Castlemaine Football & Netball Club.

Over the years Katrina has coached varying grades both on and off the courts. This season she has taken on the role of Coach of the B sides and playing in the A Reserve Side. She has won the Clubs Best & Fairest on 7 occasions and also been a League Runner Up B&F.

The Committee, Players, Members & Supporters of Castlemaine congratulate Katrina for her loyalty and dedication to their Club and wish her all the success for her future.  We look forward to celebrating her 400th with Castlemaine in the future!

Laura Hurse pulls on the black white and teal for the 250th time

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This Saturday Laura Hurse will pull on the black white and teal for the 250th time when Maryborough face Gisborne at Princes Park. 

Laura first began playing netball at the Maryborough Netball Association, where she played all of her junior netball, which included representative squads.

Laura joined the Maryborough Football Netball Club (MFNC) in 2000 with their B Grade side.  She moved into the A Grade side in 2001. 

Laura is a very versatile player who can play any position on the court, thanks to coaches at a young age who didn’t pigeon hole her into the one position.  They believed that every player should experience each position on the court to become a well-rounded player, and in Laura’s case this has paid dividends.  She won the A Grade Best & Fairest for MFNC in 2011.  Laura has also represented the Bendigo Football Netball League and the North Central Netball Region as both a junior and senior player.

Laura is a determined and skillful player who constantly keeps the team motivated with her on court talk!  She is able to read the play and pick off many intercepts often leading into a positive turnover for Maryborough. 

Laura is not only a talented netballer, but like many others, she is and has always been a tireless worker around the club.  She has been Secretary, Treasurer, Committee Member, and Coach of every grade except B Reserve, umpire, canteen lady, scorer, mentor and friend.  MFNC is very lucky to have yet another player and club person such as Laura in its fold and we are extremely thankful for her loyalty to us.

Laura will run onto the court this week for her 250th game in front of friends, team mates, opposition, and supporters, but none more proud than her family – husband Adam, 2 year old son Jimmy, 3 month old daughter Annie, mum Sally (one of her many coaches!), dad Brian, sister Jemma and brother Dylan. 

All of this extra support and emotion will hopefully give the team what it needs to beat 3rd placed Gisborne and have a shot at the 5 – not to mention making it a very memorable 250th for Laura!

Congratulations Laura Hurse on your 250th Game – we are very proud of you!