Championship 2022-04-11T01:17:21+00:00

Championship

Age: 19

Playing History: Started playing at age 12 at Torquay Tigers… After playing a year in A Grade when I was 15 I decided to trial for VNL and played 2019 in the premiership U19 City West Falcons team which then led to being selected in the ‘team of the year’. I was selected in the U19 state team for 2020 but due to covid didn’t get to compete. Moved to QLD at the start of 2021 and played in their Sapphire Series with Bond University and was selected in their 2021 U19 State squad prior to my decision to come back to Vic for personal reasons mid season. Played out what we could of 2021 with Torquay Tigers and decided to return to VNL for 2022.

What’s your favourite thing about the game? I love the friendships and connections you create with people in the team and the environment.

If you had to name one person who had an influence on your netball career, who would it be? I can’t pick one but two people who have had major influences on my netball. Firstly, Courtney Cuolahan who was my A Grade coach for the last 4 years who gave me the opportunity to come up to the level so young. And secondly, Sonia Harris who had a major impact on starting in VNL and giving me the idea to trial and helped me get to training/games.

What’s your favourite netball achievement – team and personal? Winning both the U19 VNL Premiership and Torquay A Grade premiership in 2019. Team of the Year in my first year of VNL in 2019

What do you do outside of netball? I work for my dad’s workwear business but much rather spend time with my friends and head to the beach at any opportunity.

What would be one interesting fact not many would know about you? I come from a family of 7 being right in the middle of 5 kids.

Daisy O’Kane
GS/GA

Bridgette began playing netball in the “FunNet” program at age 10at home in Echuca. She progressed through underage rep teams for the region, played Zone Academy for Northern region, represented NSW at Nationals, began playing VNL at age 16 and is now going into her 8th season of VNL. Bridgette’s favourite thing about the game is the mental and physical challenge’s each week and the fitness that comes with playing netball. The one person that has influenced Bridgette’s netball career is her Mum who drove Bridgette to every single training and game from Echuca to Melbourne for 4 years. Bridgette’s favourite netball achievement from team perspective is winning a VNL premiership, and personally – getting into the VNL Team of the Year.

Bridgette Furphy
 GA/GS

With a vast background in netball, Julia started playing at the age of six. Julia first represented Victoria in 2007 to 2012, representing the Under 17,19 & 21 state teams. In 2009, she made the Under 19 Australian Squad followed by the VU Championship in 2010. Julia took some time off the court in 2012, when she fell pregnant to one of her beautiful girls. Julia loves that netball allows you to create the play and not just react to it. From 2013-2018 she played for Newtown and Chilwell A Grade side and then came to Geelong Cougars in 2017 in which she was apart of the 2019 Championship premiership team and was also named both League Best & Fairest and in the League Team Of The Year. In 2020, Julia was called up to Collingwood Mapgies in the SSN.

Julia Woolley
GA/GS

Zanna started playing junior netball at Ocean Grove Netball Club to then playing for Leopold FNC in the GFL. In 2012, Zanna was involved within the Geelong Cougars, being in the development squad; in 2013 she was selected to play for the Under 19 team and has been involved with the Cougars ever since. Zanna’s biggest netball achievement to date is winning the Div 1 Grand Final in 2017. Alongside netball Zanna has a crazy schedule, studying a Bachelor of Nursing as well as working, it doesn’t leave much time for her to play with her puppy Bella and relax with friends and family!

Zanna Woods
GA/GS

Playing History (from the beginning of your netball =ll now):
2016- Under 19’s Sovereigns 2016-Under 17’s State team 2017-Championship Sovereigns 2018-Geelong Cougars 2018- Victorian Fury

What’s your favourite thing about the game?
The adrenalin

If you had to name one person who had an influence on your netball career, who would it be?
My parents

What’s your favourite netball achievement – team and personal?
Making Fury squad Making the div 1 and champ grand final 2018

What do you do outside of netball? Hang out with friends Play with my dog Go to the gym

What would be one interesting fact not many would know about you?
My full name is Alexandra

Ally O’Connor
 WD/C

Emily has been playing netball for over sixteen years’ starting her career in Altona. Emily was selected for the Victorian State Team consecutively playing for their Under 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21 teams. Emily has been playing at VNL level since she was just 15 years old, achieving five premierships as well as a League Best & Fairest – the year after an ACL reconstruction! Locally, Emily currently plays A Grade for St Joseph’s FNC and recently played in the 2019 BUPA VNL Championship premier side.

Emily loves the competitiveness of the game and that it requires a lot of strategic thinking; working within a marketing and PR role, Emily is always developing new strategic ideas and thinking outside the box. Her favourite thing to do is head to the beach with her partner and dog Frank.

Emily Post
WA/C

Vanessa Augustini
C/WA

Zara started playing netball at the Colac Tigers when she was 11 years old and has progressed through all junior grades and has now been playing A grade for the past 2 years. Zara has played in Geelong rep teams, Flyers, Geelong Grammar and has recently made the U/17 Vic team.  Zara loves the competitiveness of netball and making new friendships. Her mum has been the biggest influence on her netball career with her support and her knowledge.  Zara’s netball highlights include making the U/17 Vic team this year and playing in the A grade finals for Colac in the GFL last year.

Zara Walters
WA/C

Melissa Bragg
C/WD

Victoria also known as Tori played all her junior and senior netball with St Joseph’s FNC. Tori has also played for the Under 17s and Under 19s State Teams representing Victoria; winning the Under 17s Nationals undefeated. Competitive on the court, Tori also gives her all for her team winning her league Best and Fairest in 2016 for the GFNL. Tori was also recently part of the BUPA VNL Championship premier side in 2019.

Tori’s mum has been her biggest influence throughout her netball journey, being her number one fan and supporting her from the beginning. Off the court, Tori loves being social! You will find her hanging out with friends any chance she gets.

Victoria Honner
GD/WD

Brooke started her netball career playing for the Colac Tigers representing their Under 13’s side. Brooke has played for both local and state teams, representing Victoria from 2015 to 2017, as well as being involved with the Australian development squad during this time. Brookes junior coaches throughout her local, VNL and state team have been her biggest influences throughout her netball journey – in particular her coach Mel Savage. Outside of netball, Brooke enjoys riding horses and would ride them every day if she could!

Brooke recently played the 2019 BUPA VNL Championship premier side and made it into the Championship Team of the Year. She is also currently playing in the ANL league for the Tasmania Magpies.

Brooke Allan
GK/GD