The weekend bought the sunshine and some good results for Rangers.
Caitlin O’Meara from Rangers 6 was complimented by the Springfield Lakes coach for her good calls and commendable umpiring skills. Good job Caitlin! Thank you to Emily Turner who has been helping the Rangers 6 girls with their umpiring on Saturdays.
Rangers 10 (11 years div 1) after racking up several drawn games for the season, had a convincing win over Raiders. Coaches Linda Jenkins and Sue Bamford were proud of their girls for holding their composure against some questionable play. Well done girls – showing true Rangers spirit!
Rangers 1 (A Grade) showed why they are in the top four teams in the comp by easily taking the win against Kenmore. Our young players should come down at 1.00pm on Saturday and see some great skills in action and support our top team.
Ranger 22 by Coach Susie James – After a few weeks of wet weather and the cancellation of the Netta games as well as training, Rangers 22, the little baby Possums of the Rangers club, played their little hearts out. This is the first year of netball for all the girls, many of whom have not even had their 7th birthday yet!! Throughout the season they have tried so incredibly hard, but came up against girls who have played before, or were much bigger than them, or who were older than them. At such tender ages of 6 and 7, an extra year can make a big difference. Up until Saturday the 21st of July, the little ones had only scored 2 goals all season despite trying their best every week.
So…..when we scored 5 goals on Saturday (or was it 6??…..hehe the Netta games don’t score, but nevertheless we got more goals than our opposition), the little Rangers Possums were just overjoyed with pride and sheer happiness! You could not wipe the smiles off their sweet faces, and their enthusiasm for the game was restored. It really was a magical moment for all the girls (and let’s face it, the parents too!!!!).
As the coach, all the endless encouragement week after week after not scoring during the games, has been worthwhile. These girls are so tiny and have been up against competition far beyond their developing skills, but that hour on Saturday just goes to show what patience, encouragement, a few cuddles, and lollipops can achieve! I know my daughter was so chuffed for the rest of the weekend, and to top it off, she got her front tooth knocked out during the game which resulted in 5 bucks from the tooth fairy……….it doesn’t get much better than that when you’re a 6 or 7 year old!!
A special mention to all the parents who have continuely encouraged their daughters, encouraged me, and cheered Rangers 22 on to achieve what we thought we wouldn’t see this season.
What a proud coach these little Possums have made me!