What A Game

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What A Game

UDNA Players ‘selfies’ with Diamonds players

Due to the COVID-19, the Ulladulla & Districts Netball Association (UDNA) Executive Committee postponed the starting of our NetSetGO!, Junior and Senior competition games. Further updates will be advised through our website and Facebook. Registrations are still open for all players. Please refer to our website www.ulladulladistrictsna.nsw.netball.com.au and click onto the Online Registration and appropriate age group to register.

Please Note: It is the policy of the Association that subsequent to receipt of the online UDNA Registrations and the input of player or member registration data into the MyNetball membership system, Refunds are not provided. All children enrolled in School (K-12) can apply for the $100 Active Kids Program Voucher through www.sport.nsw.gov.au

All children concerned must not register online before they have received their approved Active Kids Program Voucher.

Good Friday Easter Eggs Hunt/Kids Disco

Due to circumstances beyond our control, UDNA have cancelled their 10 April 2020 fundraiser at the Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club. We will advise all our young disco dancers of an alternative date in the months ahead.

Bushfire Relief Match

NSW netball community comes out in force for Bushfire Relief Game – Courtesy of Netball Australia

The Australian Diamonds beat the Suncorp Super Netball All-Stars 66 to 53 in the Bushfire Relief Match in Sydney on Sunday 1 March 2020. Over 11,000 netball fans packed Qudos Bank Arena to cheer on their heroes as they put it all on the line to help support those affected by the Australian bushfire crisis.

Despite the friendly atmosphere and goodwill between the players, all twenty-eight athletes were playing as if the match meant everything. It was the Diamonds who set the pace of the game early, skipping out to a ten-goal lead midway through the quarter troubling the All-Stars with their staunch defensive and confident ball movement.

It was the Diamonds who set the pace of the game early, skipping out to a ten-goal lead midway through the quarter, troubling the All-Stars with their staunch defensive and confident ball movement. The two rule changes, the Suncorp Super Shot and rolling substitutions, played an immediate role in the flow of the match.

Head Coaches Lisa Alexander, Briony Akle and Julie Fitzgerald put their entire squads to the test throughout the opening quarter making changes all over the court and changing the dynamic of the game constantly.

The Diamonds continued their dominance in the second quarter, extending their lead from eight at quarter time to an imposing 18 at the major break. Crowd favourite Caitlin Thwaites, who made her final appearance in the green and gold, brought the house down when she sunk a two-point shot right on the half time siren. Thwaites ended the game, and her brilliant Diamonds career with 10-goals from 13-shots.

The All-Stars weren’t going to take it lying down, hitting back at the Diamonds with nine straight goals to cut the lead down to just eleven with five minutes remaining.

Ulladulla Netball Members, Parents and Fire & Rescue NSW personnel at the Bushfire Relief Game held in Sydney

Again, the Diamonds skipped away, thanks to three straight Super Goals from Gretel Tippett, who continued her Liz Ellis Diamond winning 2019 form with 20-goals from 27-shots for the match. It was the Jhaniele Fowler show in the final quarter, as the big Jamaican and West Coast Fever goal shooter took over the game, firing in seven of her twenty goals in the last fifteen minutes of the match.

Despite outscoring the Diamonds in the second half, the All-Stars could never peg back the mighty Australian’s, going down by 13-goals. The dominant victory was the perfect send off for Diamonds Head Coach Lisa Alexander, who was thrilled to be part of this momentous occasion.

“We all knew the purpose of this occasion was to raise as much as we could for those who have been suffering, those who have lost everything.”

“I’ve enjoyed every moment. We’ve tried to build a high-performance program that has been the envy of the world and I think we’ve done that.” (Courtesy of Netball Australia.)

UDNA Game Report

What a day UDNA members had on Sunday 1 March 2020 attending the Bushfire Relief Netball Game between the Australian Diamonds and the All-Stars. For some members it was their first time watching a real game of netball, for others it was watching their idols. The seats we had felt like we were part of the game as we were so close to the action. So much talent was on display and it was great to see all the players take the court using the new rule of rolling substitutions.

During the quarter breaks was the dance camera and Ulladulla Netball girls made the cut as they danced and waved our banner proudly. Having the game right in front of you showed our girls what it takes to be a player at this calibre. The Aussie Diamonds and All-Stars players showed off their netball skills of passing, spaces, driving, shooting and defending all while still having fun and a smile on their face. The true spirit of a netball game was right there for all to see.

When our netball roving reporter asked the question “what did you like about today/what was your favourite part, this was the girl’s response:

Tilly – it was fun and a good opportunity as I’ve never been to a real netball game

Halle – I learnt more about netball and it was also fun and entertaining.

Sophie – it was good and I learnt some new skills

Paige – getting my face painted

UDNA Players ‘selfie’ with Stephanie Wood

Hannah and Bailey – it was good and being able to get all the signatures

Teagan – getting the players signatures

Ella and Myra – it was fun

Tahlia – a nice day for everyone

Blossom – it was a good day and I enjoyed the bus ride

Charleigh – it was splendid

Lilly – it was pretty good and a fun learning experience

Parents as a collective group replied –

  • the game was awesome
  • nice to see all of the girl’s heroes
  • fast game and full of contact
  • fantastic.

Suncorp Team Girls Dance Cam – with UDNA players and parents showing their dance moves

The day was long but so worth everything that we saw, took photos of, got signatures from players and the friendships that are made through netball and beyond. A massive thank you goes to Netball Australia and Netball NSW for organising this event, our tickets and the bus for our community and to be able to put smiles on faces and the excitement displayed by our members due to the adversity we have faced during the recent bushfire saga.

Thank you to Graham our bus driver for the day. A big thank you to the members, parents and girls who travelled on the bus, for making this day enjoyable and memorable. Thank you to our awesome Fire & Rescue NSW personnel who also attended.

‘Save the Date’ – Let’s Celebrate Netball!

To all past and present members, the UDNA will be celebrating forty years in 2020, so please ‘Save the Date’ of Sunday 13 September 2020 for another milestone achieved by our Association with a celebration to be held at the Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club.

Keep your eyes on the Local Express in the months ahead for updates on our ‘Let’s Celebrate Netball’ event. If you have any ‘blast from the past’ stories to tell or old memorabilia/photos that we can use please contact Robin 4455 5683 or email ullasec@westnet.com.au

UDNA Contacts

Michelle Hendrie (President) – Email: hendrie1@ulladullaglass.com.au

Robin Butler (Secretary) – Email: ullasec@westnet.com.au

Lorraine Cauchi (Games Convenor) – Email: lorrii.ln35@gmail.com

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram or check our website for regular updates and information.

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Contact: Robin Butler
E: udna@gmail.com
Ph: 4455 5683


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