NNL and NFL Best and Fairest

Last night the NNL and NFL held the Best and Fairest count for the 2014 season.  Greensborough Netball Club had two players in attendance knowing they had both polled within the top five of their respective section.

Thea from our section seven team, a solid shooter that had a fantastic season, polled exceedingly well for her first NNL season of netball.  Thea was named in third place, gathering 17 votes from the NNL umpires during the season.  This is an exceptional achievement for a classy player that only started playing netball in February this year after making the transition over from soccer.

Sharna from our premiership winning section two team, played every minute of every game in season 2014 and captained the team from the GK anchor all year.  Sharna made the transition to GNC from the Euroa Football Netball Club in the Goulburn Valley Football Netball League, where she played at the top level for the last few seasons as a shooter.  In her first year of the NNL, Sharna also polled exceptionally well with the umpires and finished the count in second place.

Also last night, GFC’s premiership winning ruckman, Michael Hooper, finished in third place of the NFL’s Best and Fairest to cap off a great season.

The Football Club also had four players listed in the 2014 team of the year, Daniel McLinden, Tim Bongetti, Matthew Hyde and Michael Hooper along with the coach of the year our coach Robert Hyde.

Congratulations to all the Greensborough players and coaches on this fantastic achievement to top off 2014 as the Year of the Boro!

This Friday night is the club’s Best and Fairest count, stay tuned for the results live from our Facebook page.

Go Boro !

2014 NNL Section Two PREMIERS

2014 NNL Section Two Premiers GNCGreensborough team two, finished second on the ladder after the 2014 home and away season to Northcote Park.  Both teams met in the 2014 NNL Section Two Grand Final, last Friday night at Parade College.

The Boro girls took the court in the opening quarter with steely determination. The midcourt, lead by Sammy, Jess and Karina kept firing the ball into the Boro shooters and starting GS Megan wasn’t missing.  The first quarter was dominated by the boro, with all seven players on court pulling together to keep the ball in boro’s possession.  Quarter time saw Boro leading Northcote Park 8-4.  Coach, Sharon Ashworth made the change to rest the players, putting on Super Chan into GS, and Olivia into the midcourt.  The start of the second quarter was tight and Northcote came back to within a goal, but the girls quickly snuffed out the Northcote momentum and came back with some super shots, and some fantastic intercepts from Team Captain Sharna in GK, and Francesca in GD and at halftime the girls were up 14-11.

The halftime break was disrupted by three Bundoora Football Players showing up in netball dresses and got a laugh from the crowd.

The third quarter saw the return of Megan to GS and the continuation of GA Issy shooting long bomb goals at whim. A quick succession of goals saw the Boro increase the lead to six goals, 23-17.  The last quarter saw Super Chan return to GS and fire off some quick goals, with the boro never giving away a lead, however the Northcote Park girls got some late goals in.  The game ended with Boro winning their very first Premiership, final score 29-25.

Congratulations to all our Section Two players and coach Sharon Ashworth.  They had a fantastic season, and a good battle with Northcote Park all year.

Go Boro!



2014 NNL section seven runners up

2014-NNL-DIV-7-RUNNERS-UPGreensborough team five took on the highly fancied North Heidelberg in the Northern Netball Leagues, section seven Grand Final last Friday night at Parade College.  The girls went into the game not having beaten North all year and finishing second on the ladder to North’s first place.

The game started off goal for goal, with both GS for each team starring.  North took awhile to get going but half way through the first quarter their GS was shooting goals from everywhere and not missing.  To Boro’s credit, we kept pace with North and at quarter time were only a goal down, 5-6 Norths way.  The second quarter started off with some quick successful shots from North’s super shooter, and they increased their lead.  Halftime saw a regrouping of the players and some direction from coach Sharon Ashworth.

The Boro girls came back on the court in the third quarter with some fire and half way through the third quarter, got the score back to 14-16 North’s way.  Just before three quarter time, a few handy turnovers from Norths GD who went on to take out MVP of the match, pushed the ball back into North’s circle and they capitalised with a few quick goals, bringing the score up to 17-22 Norths way.  The boro girls kept the fight going during the last quarter, but unfortunately went down to North in the end, final score 19-28.

Team five largely consisted of new players to the Boro this year, and with hard work and dedication made it right through to the Grand Final.  Congratulations on a fabulous season.  Bring on 2015!


Greensborough Netball Club 2014 NNL Grand Finals Player Profiles

NNL-Grand-FinalTeam Two, Division Two

Our quiet agile sharp shooter who provides dynamic attack and flair in and around the goal circle and continues to grow in stature and ability.

A dominant goaler that has exceptional skills at holding space and screening in the goal circle for her other team mates.

Our goaler that provides many laughs amongst the girls, has an exceptional “netball brain” and has the ability to remain calm and composed under pressure to goal accurately.

Provides an exciting attacking style in mid court and always commits heart and soul in every game. Oozes with energy and enthusiasm and is also known to provide a spark in defence.

A strong mid-courter whose game is highlighted by her speed, agility, drive around the goal circle and ability to read the play for an intercept.

A dynamic Wing Attack that provides speed and flair in the mid court and around the goal circle. Has strong athletic ability.

Our “quiet achiever” Wing Defence who goes about her business in a cool and calm manner and relishes the pressure of close games. Karina provides outstanding defensive pressure and is a crucial member of our defensive structure.

Dynamic, hard working and determined defender that intercepts many passes and provides dynamic drive out of defence and through the mid court.

Our captain of the team that provides exceptional leadership skills. An agile defender that produces some spectacular intercepts. Sharna’s one-on-one defensive pressure in the goal circle is outstanding.

Team Five, Division Seven

A defender who is always prepared to give her all in every game. Provides great drive out of defence and through the mid court.

A gutsy performer whose drive, determination, self-belief and ability to hunt the ball for intercepts is unquestionable.

A determined feisty player that provides flair as a mid courter and a goaler. Displays great feeds to other goalers and has shown tremendous accuracy and strong movement in the circle.

Our baby of the team who has improved immensely this year to become a dynamic wing attack who combines well with the players around her to set up play for our goalers.

A hard working accurate goaler that remains composed and focussed under pressure. Has outstanding ability to hold her space in the goal circle and has an exceptional vertical leap when receiving a pass to shoot for goal.

A sharp shooter that has improved greatly throughout the year and is known for her speed and drive in and around the goal circle.

A cool and calm centre court player with great attacking and defensive skills. Always prepared to dig deep and give her all. Her dedication is the key to the very good player that she is.

Lizzie is a strong defender who continues to grow in stature and ability. She is a crucial member of the defensive wall. Lizzie takes many rebounds in every game she plays.

Known for her great defensive pressure and hold on her player and her ability to effectively dominate goalers can be exciting to watch. She is a crucial player in our defensive line up.

Follow all the 2014 NNL Grand Final news on Twitter @GreensboroughNC and Facebook this FRIDAY NIGHT, live from Parade College.

Go Boro!

Boro Bits – Prelim Finals

T5 Prelim winThe 18 round, 2014 NNL season comes to a close this Friday Night at Parade College.  The players and our coaching staff have worked tirelessly since early February and can now be congratulated with two Grand Final appearances.  Game times are:

  • 7:50pm, North Heidelberg 4 v Greensborough 5 (court 3) play off for the Division Two premiership
  • 9:05pm, Northcote Park 1 v Greensborough 2 (court 1) play off for the Division Seven premiership

Let’s get the Boro Army down to the support the girls in what will be two very entertaining netball games.

Go Boro!

2014 Head Coaches wrap – GNC team 3, division five

GNC Media ReleaseFrustrating for different reasons as the team gelled late in the year to become a potentially prominent team in the division. Again injuries were a factor with some long term injuries to players and fill in’s having to come into the team to replace key positions.

After a slow beginning to the year the team found its niche and really began to push the top teams, two highlights were a draw with second placed North Heidelberg (with no bench) and a win over third placed Bundoora as our team began to gel. Wins began to flow as we were able to turn the tables in our final game against our Greensborough sisters and recording a win to end the season on a high, only four wins out of finals contention. The team looks to be well placed to continue pushing for a finals berth in season 2015 with some continued hard work over the off season.

After initially starting the season in division four for the first four games, GNC team 3 was regraded into division five for round five. The team finished in 7th place (of nine teams) and played 16 games, five wins, nine losses, two draws and two byes. Of the nine losses, three of those were by under six goals and the two draws were to St Mary’s in division four and second placed North Heidelberg in division five.

I would like to thank the players for their efforts throughout the year as I’ve enjoyed getting to know them better throughout the year.

Good luck girls I had loads of fun.

Alan Watson, Head Coach 2014.

2014 Head Coaches wrap – GNC team 1, division one

GNC Media ReleaseInconsistency was a problem for the team along with injuries and players being unavailable for different reasons across the entire season. It’s my belief that this was a major factor on how our season panned out. Some examples were one of our players contracting chronic fatigue, an extended OS trip for one of our key defenders, injuries, sickness and being unavailable due to other commitments that didn’t allow the team to play consistently with regular team members in regular positions.

Some examples of our inconsistency was our first round loss to North Heidelberg by 25 goals, our return games resulted in 1 & 2 goal losses, our fourth round return game was again a 20 goal loss which highlights the inconsistency of the team. The season appeared to be long for some of our players as we often played without reserves on the bench which eventually took its toll on the team.

Division one was always going to be tough in season 2014 with the dominant Diamond Creek FNC and Fitzroy Stars again this season fielding strong teams.

GNC Team 1 finished in 7th place (of eight teams) with 18 games played, six wins and 12 losses. Of the 12 losses, three of those were by under five goals.

I would like to thank the players for their efforts throughout the year as I’ve enjoyed getting to know them better throughout the year.

As you know I have accepted a VNL coaching position at Melbourne University and cannot return in 2015. There was a very good reason that I rang my friend, Sharon Ashworth, constantly to talk her into assisting me at the Greenies this season as I pursued my passion to coach a VNL side for 2015.

Congratulations Sharon on your appointment as head coach in 2015 as I leave the Greenies with my very capable friend holding the reigns.

Good luck girls I had loads of fun.

Alan Watson, Head Coach 2014.

Boro Bits – Semi Finals

midcourt2014 Northern Netball League finals kicked off last Friday night with two of the five Boro teams in for the hunt, both with a double chance after finishing second on their respective ladders.

First up was the division two semi against Northcote Park. The girls had a real battle on their hands and unfortunately an absolute heartbreaker, coming away with a one goal loss, final score 30 to 29.

Next up was the division seven semi against North Heidelberg. The Kennel had just lost the two games during the season and are a real threat moving into the grand final after defeating our girls 33-19.

Both Boro teams have another crack this week.  Preliminary Finals are:

7:50pm Greensborough 5 v West Ivanhoe, Parade College
8:15pm Greensborough 2 v Bundoora Comets 2, Parade College

Go Boro!

Focus on Finals – GNC Team 5, NNL division 7

GNC5 2014GNC Team 5 finished the season in second place with 17 games played, 11 wins, six losses and one bye.

Season highlights include a number of close wins, especially against Keon Park Stars.  In round six the Boro had a three goal win over Thomastown, Round 14 a 28-15 massive win over finals contender West Ivanhoe and in rounds 11 and 18 two very close wins over Keon Park.

The Division’s top four finished as:

1. North Heidelberg – 16 wins, 2 losses
2. Greensborough 5 – 11 wins, 6 losses, 1 bye
3. West Ivanhoe 2 – 9 wins, 8 losses, 1 bye
4. Lalor 5 – 9 wins, 9 losses

In division seven semi finals this week, GNC 5 takes on North Heidelberg 4, 9pm on court two at Parade College and West Ivanhoe and Lalor 5 battle it out at Epping Leisure City at 7pm.

Come down and support the girls!

Go Boro!

Focus on finals – GNC Team 2, NNL division 2

GNC2 2014GNC Team 2 finished the 2014 NNL season in second place with 16 games played, 12 wins, four losses and two byes.

The losses came in round one v Whittlesea 1 (28-15), round seven v Northcote Park 1 (34-19), round nine v Bundoora Comets 2 (29-25) and in round 15, a one goal loss to Lalor 1 (29-28). Noted, after the regrading in round four, Whittlesea 1 was elevated to division one.

The Division’s top four finished as:

1. Northcote Park 1 – 15 wins, 1 loss (to Boro)
2. Greensborough 2 – 12 wins, 4 losses
3. Bundoora Comets 2 – 11 wins, 5 losses
4. Lalor 1 – 6 wins, 9 losses

In the NNL division two semi finals this week, GNC 2 takes on Northcote Park 1 at 7pm at Parade College and Bundoora Comets 2 v Lalor 1 at 8pm at RMIT.

GNC Team 2 has taken on Northcote Park twice this season, one 15 goal loss in round seven and a seven goal win in round 14 to the Boro.

Come down and support the girls! Should be a great game of netball!

Later this week – GNC Team 5’s focus on finals.

Go Boro!