2014 has already been an outstanding year for netball in Queensland from the top down and it just keeps getting even better with three finalists in this year’s Queensland Sport Awards and fingers crossed one more to be announced next week with Mission Queensland Firebirds Captain Laura Geitz nominated for the illustrious category of Sport Star of the Year.
19U State team coach Chritine Voge is a finalist in the Sports Coach category as well at the 19U team up for the Junior Sport Team award with long serving stalwart Nerida Bartlett rounding out the triple treat in the Sport Volunteer category.
Bartlett is a valued member of the Netball Queensland community, where her involvement includes being a member of the State Events Committee, a qualified bench official, a competition supervisor, and the renowned ‘draw guru’.
Her weekly commitments to Netball in Queensland in 2014 include bench managing and officiating at the Mission Queensland Firebirds home games, supervising the Mount Franklin Challenge competition, bench supervising and officiating the Queensland Champions Cup and Mission Queensland State Netball League competitions, attending the 3 State Events in an official capacity, and also being a selected bench official for the 2013 Test Match between the Australian Diamonds and the Malawi Queens.
She plays a vital role in Netball Queensland’s State Events as the go to person for grading, draw formats, results and ladders.
Bartlett is abreast on all the competition regulations for each of the Netball Queensland competitions and events, and recognised as a valued and informed member of the sporting community, Netball Queensland could not complete each season of Netball without Nerida’s skills and expertise.
In 2014 Christine Voge was at all times on the ball.
She coached the 12 strong Queensland State Under 19 Netball Team to the National Championship, losing only one match during the entire tournament and claiming our first Australian U/19 trophy in 33 years.
She backed up as assistant coach for the Queensland Fusion in the Australian Netball League (ANL) which made history reaching the grand finals for the first time ever and ultimately losing by just 2 goals.
Her coaching leadership was instrumental in the naming of one of the Qld players as the MVP of the national championships and five Queensland 19/U players to be nationally talent identified, which is a step towards representing Australia as a future Diamond.
Away from the court, Voge juggles work as a lecturer with Griffith University and as General Manager of Sports Education & Leadership Services and her family of four including a brand new baby.
The State Under 19 netball team became the toast of netball in Queensland, becoming the only elite team to claim victory in a national championship, beating Victoria in the grand final by 10 goals.
To further cement the impressiveness of this victory, this is only the third time in the competition’s 31 year history that Queensland has won this prestigious title.
Not only did Queensland return with the trophy but five members of this successful team were Nationally Talent Identified by Netball Australia, which is a career step towards eventually playing in the ANZ Championship, potentially as a Firebird or representing the country as an Australian Diamond.