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Bond Sport Newsletter | October 2019
Message from the Director of Netball
Dave Ashkar, Director of AFL

Wow – what a year!!  This time last year I think the Bull Sharks Sapphire Series Netball Program was still a glimmer in the eye of Garry Nucifora and Julie Prendergast.  This week's Presentation Night will celebrate what has been a very successful season.

When we set out late last year on this journey, we were determined to achieve one primary outcome – to build a sustainable, high-quality franchise.  We consciously decided to forego the temptation of building a team of established talents and instead chose to focus on the young talent which had already been developed within the region.

To complement our home-grown talent, we were incredibly fortunate to secure the services of Jeante Strydom, a terrific South African athlete who paid her own way out to Australia to improve her play in the game she loves.

We identified the need for a mature presence at shooter and secured the services of Sigi Burger who had missed out on the South African National Team for the World Cup.  Unfortunately, she was later called in to the team and she arrived for Round 6 rather than Round 3 as planned.

Most importantly, however, we had a roster of players who embraced the challenges of being the youngest teams in the competition, who challenged themselves to improve and compete against the best this state has to offer, and who proved time and again that they would not back down from any team in the competition.

We defeated or drew with every team in the competition and I am proud to say that I firmly believe we forced the other teams to elevate their standard of play – as we established ourselves as a genuine contender, we got everybody’s A game.

Across four teams we finished 4th in the Sapphire Series, 5th in the Ruby Series, 4th in the U18s and 2nd in the U16s.  We showed not only our strength right now but also the talent which will secure our future.

We staged two home games which both attracted the highest crowd of any single game Sapphire Series fixtures this year and I might be biased but I think we had far and away the best home game atmosphere of any of the franchises.

We provided five players to the 2019 Queensland U19 and U17 teams and a further 11 players have been selected n the 2020 squads for the same age groups.

We had three players selected for the ANL competition and finalists in each of the Sapphire Series, Ruby Series and Fusion MVP awards.

All 26 of our original squad played in one of the series and we reached into our talent pool to debut a further two players in the Ruby Series against Darling Downs.  Fourteen of our squad have played Sapphire series this year.

But the biggest highlight for me has been the opportunity to watch these impressive young women learn their craft and slowly develop into professional athletes, a status which is conferred by attitude and not by salary. 

That has not been an outcome arrived at by accident and for that I want to thank every single individual involved with he Bull Sharks this year, from the core of our organisation in the players, through to our wonderful staff, to the parents, friends and supporters who have contributed to the laying of successful base.

My limited Latin runs to about three phrases, my favourite of which is res firma mitescere nescit.  A rough translation is ‘that which is built on a strong foundation shall not be torn down’.  This year, I am proud that we have built a strong foundation for the Bull Sharks Netball Program.

Stuart Allen
Director of Netball

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Bond University AFL Blue and Gold Ball
Bond University AFL celebrated their exceptional season at the Blue and Gold Ball. Well done to the award winners: Rhys King Men's Club Champion, Kalinda Howarth Women's Club Champion, Madison Bland Reserve's Best and Fairest, Rihanna Saliadarre Development Best and Fairest, Lisa Ashkar and Amy Robinson John Le Lievre Club People of the Year, Shannon Danckert and Daniel Goodburn Most Courageous, Lucy Single and Oliver Smart Rising Stars, Tara Smith and Nathan Thomas Most Reliable, Hunter Heck, Ben Horsley, Paris Lightfoot and Jay Meaney Coaches Awards, Erin Sundstrom, Tim Armstrong, Georgia Brehmer and Andrew Cannon Best in Finals. Special shout out to Sam Schiphorst who received a Life Membership to the Club.
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