Victorian All Abilities team defend title

Victorian All Abilities team defend titleLast weekend the Victorian All abilities netball team successfully defended its title in a thrilling final game of the Marie Little OAM Sheild.

The tournament, named in honour of AUSRAPID founder Marie Little, sees netballers from across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia compete. Held at Waverley Netball Centre the state teams came together on 17 August to contest the illustrious title for the second year.

Victoria convincingly won the first three of their pool games but couldn't hold off a strong team from New South Wales in their fourth match. Despite this, they had done enough to secure a spot in the final, a rematch with New South Wales.

With a fantastic crowd in attendance and the South Australian team cheering on the finalists it was a wonderful atmosphere for the decider.

Katie Redding, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Netball Victoria commented "It is brilliant to see the joy and camaraderie this tournament brings to all these athletes, coaches, umpires and support staff from across Australia."

As the game got underway it was clear to see both teams were giving it everything they had. With minutes to spare and the scores level, the pressure was really setting in.

The Victorian All Abilities team had moved ahead of New South Wales by just one goal as the final whistle blew. Speaking to Netball Victoria after the game, Victorian coach Janet Parker said she was delighted her team was able to bounce back when it mattered, "I'm absolutely ecstatic."

After the match Parker thanked the players for their commitment "They've put in a lot of time (to make the team). They come from Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Gippsland - we travel far and wide to play netball."

From everyone at Independence Australia, congratulations to the 2014 Victorian All Abilities team, winners of the Marie Little OAM Shield.

2014 Victorian All Abilities team: Courtney Drake, Loretta Devlin Smith, Sue Hoskin, Helen Henshall, Sheree Marks, Emma Mangan, Renay Hall, Kylie Campbell, Ashlea Rollason.

To see all the pictures from the 2014 Marie Little OAM Shield click here.

For Netball Victoria's video round up of the 2014 Victorian All Abilities Team click here.

All Abilities netball

Victorian All Abilities teamAll Abilities netball provides a chance for people with a physical or intellectual disability to participate in the sport, whether it's at their local club or association, or representing their state at national level.

Katie Redding, Acting CEO of Netball Victoria added "For a number of years Victoria has lead the way nationally with a strong focus in developing All Abilities programs and opportunities for people with an integration disability to participate in netball at any level."

In partnership with Netball Victoria, Independence Australia is proud to support the Victorian All Abilities team and assist the growth and development of the All Abilities program across the state.

All Abilities netball

Sadly Marie passed away on Sunday night (17 August 2014); hours after the Victorian All Abilities team secured the tournament win. Marie was passionate about netball and dedicated her own life to improving the lives of people with a disability.

Independence Australia Board, Management and staff are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Marie Little OAM.

She has our deep admiration and respect for her contribution to supporting people with disabilities to participate in sport. Our sincere condolences are extended to her family and friends.