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Loddon Valley netballers chase glory on Horsham court

by Nathan Dole

THE Bendigo Bank Loddon Valley Football Netball League’s netball stars will chase glory at Horsham in Saturday’s round of the Worksafe AFL Victoria Community Championships.

Loddon Valley FNL takes on Horsham District FNL at Horsham City Oval in Baker Street.

Back-to-back wins are in the sights of the LVFNL, especially for Mitiamo clubmates Amelia Ludeman and Lucy Morcom, and Bridgewater’s Jessey Wilson who played in last year’s triumph.

Loddon Valley coach Carmen Shevlin believes the height of Morcom and Newbridge’s Jane Reid in attack is a major strength.

“Height is a challenge for any opponent, no matter where they are on the court,” said Shevlin.

In mid-court, Mitiamo’s Amelia Ludeman will join forces with Bridgewater’s Anita Dorrington and Jessey Wilson.

Quick movement to support each other and slick passes to the goalers will be a key to the Valley’s game plan.

A newcomer to the league after crossing from Heathcote DFNL club White Hills to play for Newbridge is Alyssa Cole.

The ability of Cole to play as a goaler or mid-court adds to the team’s versatility.

“Carly Scholes from Bridgewater can play defence, mid or attack, which is a massive advantage,” said Shevlin.

Loddon Valley’s defence includes Marong’s Tegan Bickerdike and Kim Dalton and Newbridge’s Leah Dixon.

“Some of the girls are representing Loddon Valley at open level for the first time, which is exciting,” Shevlin said.

The open netball match at Horsham City Oval begins at 2pm.

LVFNL open netball:

Coach: Carmen Shelvin.

Tegan Bickerdike (Marong), Alyssa Cole (Newbridge), Kim Dalton (Marong), Leah Dixon (Newbridge), Anita Dorrington (Bridgewater), Amelia Ludeman (Mitiamo), Lucy Morcom (Mitiamo), Jane Reid (Newbridge), Carly Scholes (Bridgewater), and Jessey Wilson (Bridgewater).

The day’s netball action starts at 12.30pm when the 17-and-under teams take to the court.

The Karlee Gilmore-coached Loddon Valley team has drawn players from four clubs.

Unbeaten in six matches and on top of the ladder, Calivil United has three players in this inter-league clash.

Pyramid Hill has won all five matches this season and will have four team-mates from the red, white and blue in the LVFNL colours.

17-and-under netball:

Coach: Karlee Gilmore.

Bridget Baker (Calivil United), Jordan Broad (Pyramid Hill), Olivia Hall (Maiden Gully YCW Eagles), Mila Grant (Calivil United), Olivia Hampson (Pyramid Hill), Macey Holland (Bears Lagoon Serpentine), Jorja Moon (Pyramid Hill), Amy Murfitt (Pyramid Hill), and Mia Peters (Calivil United).

 
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