Taking the netball scene by storm
PLAYING in a premiership team is a highlight of any sportsperson’s life regardless of whether one is five, 25 or 65.
Hannah Flanders, as reported in The Star on Tuesday, July 8 played a pivotal role in Monash Storm’s two goal premiership victory over City West Falcons.
Having had time to reflect on a successful season for herself and her teammates she was full of praise for not only Monash Storm, but also local clubs Fish Creek and Gippsland Storm Netball Club which over the last few years have helped Flanders develop her game to a level that allows her to compete at the elite level.
Having played under ex Diamond’s defender Jo Curran, when asked what three important lessons she learnt this season Flanders said, “To be more composed on the court, don’t stress about things that are out of my control and have a high level work ethic both at training and on game day.
“Jo taught me ways that I could take my game to the next level to match the opposition defenders.”
Flanders said that from the time she started playing Junior netball at Fish Creek she has always had coaches whose main objective was to teach her the finer points of the game.
“At our club we always strive to get the best out of our players and seek outside expertise at various training sessions to benefit our players and our teams.”
She advises netballers aspiring to play at the elite level to never give up, even when the going gets tough and things are not going to plan.
“When team mates of mine were being selected for VNL and I missed out, even though I took the news pretty hard, with the support and confidence of my coach Simon O’Shanassy, I maintained a positive attitude and outlook.
“That eventually paid off when I was selected in the VNL side this year.
“If you don’t succeed at first with what you want to achieve, work that little bit harder to get there.”
Flanders was overwhelmed and excited to see the amount of support she had from her friends and family, and people from Gippsland Storm, who had travelled from Gippsland and were there to support the team.
Hannah says she is “really proud to be a part of and represent the Fish Creek Football Netball Club.
“They have been right behind me the whole way through.
“I was given a pathway at Gippsland Storm to firstly develop my skills, and then from there they prepared me for the transition into VNL, and without their support and guidance, my success would not have happened.”
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