East and West to clash in Gippsland Intraleague Challenge

Regional bragging rights are on the line when East meets West as part of the Gippsland League’s interleague netball program on May 21.

With Community Championships opponent Bendigo Football Netball League opting not to participate in a representative netball game, the Intraleague Challenge has been introduced in its place.

The concept pits a team made up of players from clubs at the western end of the league – Warragul, Drouin, Wonthaggi Power, Leongatha and Moe – against a team of players from eastern end clubs Morwell, Traralgon, Sale, Maffra and Bairnsdale.

Traralgon A grade coach Kate French has been appointed coach of the East, while Drouin A grade coach Stacie Proctor will take charge of the West.

Gippsland League chair Greg Maidment said the game was a fitting alternative to the traditional interleague contest.

“Netball is an important part of our league and we didn’t want our players to miss out on the opportunity to participate in representative netball,” Maidment said.

“This is a great way to showcase the talent and standard of our league and should be a great spectacle to complement what is sure to be a great game of football.”

In addition to the intraleague challenge at 12.15pm, there will be an All-Abilities Netball demonstration at 11am and a Gippsland Youth Girls Football League match between Warragul Colts and Phillip Island at noon played as curtain raisers to the main events.

The Community Championships clash will take place at Warragul’s Western Park on Saturday, 21 May, with the main game kicking off at 2pm.