September was a fittingly exciting and busy month for Arana Netball Club to finish off the 2018 winter season. After Grand Finals to start off the month, team breakups, and preparations by the Committee, Trophy Night was held on 15th September, in time to wind things up before the commencement of school holidays.
Grand Final day saw six Arana Netball teams competing. Of these, three finished the season as Runners-Up, but this was still a great effort by Arana 3, Intermediate 6, Arana 7 12Yrs Div. 7, and Arana 8, 11Yrs Div. 3, to progress so far. Arana 8, having been regraded twice, moving from Div. 6 to Div. 3 during the season, still almost took out the premiership, losing by only 1 point.
Arana’s winning teams in the Grand Finals were Arana 1, Opens Div. 6, also Minor Premiers; Arana 4, Cadets 8, also Minor Premiers; and Arana 5, Cadets 9 (Minor Premiers.) For all teams the end of season results represent a great effort and auger well for next year, when it is hoped to field more teams.
At Trophy Night, all players were recognised for their efforts during the season, receiving trophies depending on where their team finished in competition. In each competitive team, four individual awards were also given based on the past season – Most Valuable Player, Most Consistent, Coach’s Award, and the new Suncorp Player award. Girls in the non-competitive teams, Arana 9 and Arana 10, received a trophy as well as a small treat bag.
Other awards presented were for umpiring, rep. players, and for players length of service – for 5, 10, 15, and 20 years. For the last quite remarkable feat of 20 years continuous play for Arana, Jordan Lores received a special award.
The following perpetual awardees were announced.
- Club Person Award: the Jackson family
- Val Little Award Sportsmanship Award: Brianna Streeter (Arana1)
- Hills Echo Positive Or It’s Pointless Award: Tayla Castle (Arana 5
- Player of the Year (Snr): Sophia Vitale (Arana 4)
- Junior Player of the Year: Hana Funaishi (Arana 8)
- Team of the Year: Arana 4 (Cadet Div. 8.)
A new Life Member for Arana Netball Club was also announced, and presented on the night, to Fiona Bamberry, for many years of voluntary work for Arana Netball in many different roles, always presenting the club in a good light,.
During the off-season, club meetings continue to be held on the third Monday of each month, at the Arana Sports meeting room at the Hills District Community Centre, commencing at 7.30pm. All interested in the running and future of Arana Netball are welcome to attend, with the committee for 2019 now in place, welcoming Jordan Lores taking over as Coaching Director, and Meredith Lores returning to assist Brianna with the role of Property Officer. Reviewing of the 2018 and planning for the 2019 season will be undertaken, with some introductory training sessions also planned later this year,
The Club’s next meeting will be on Monday 15th October, and for any further information about Arana Netball Club, see www.arananetballclub.com.au, the club’s Facebook page, phone the President on 0404 132 007, or email email@example.com .