Tons of talent in Tongala ranks

By Kyabram Free Press

TONGALA has some serious netball talent in their younger ranks.

Alyce Bower, Abby Waasdorp, Lilly Waasdorp, Sienna Johnstone and Rose Hammond have been selected in the Murray Netball League representative teams this year.

For the two youngest of the group — Abby and Sienna — it’s their first year in the Under 13 side, however the other three are somewhat stalwarts.

This isn’t Rose, Lilly and Alyce’s first time around, as the three young guns have now had two consecutive selections for the sides, with Lilly and Alyce in the Under 15s and Rose in the Under 17s this year.

Add to this the fact that Alyce and Lilly are part of the Netball Victoria Academy programs, with Lilly travelling to Bendigo and Alyce making the trek to Shepp for the five-hour sessions once a month.

They are a busy bunch.

“We’re really fortunate to have so many girls selected in the sides, it’s a real achievement for them,” Tongala Under 15s coach Louise Brennan said.

The girls have been training almost every Sunday in Numurkah as well as travelling around the district to play.

“It shows the amount of effort they put in and the commitment they’ve made to the extra trainings and tournaments that playing in the representative side involves,” Brennan said.

Sienna is eligible for the Under 13 Tongala side but Brennan said the Under 15 girls are glad to have her.

“She’s showing a huge amount of talent and we’re just so grateful to have her playing up with the 15s — it’s a real achievement for her,” Brennan said.

“As a coach, I’m so proud of them all and from the club’s point of view we couldn’t be happier for them — they’re representing us and have such a positive approach to netball.

“We value the girls as leaders in the Tonny junior sides and the knowledge they bring back from the representative teams is invaluable.”

But having girls in the representative sides isn’t a new thing for Tongala.

“It really does show the strength and consistency of the netballers in the club throughout the years,” Brennan said.