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THE children of St Laurences were out in
force with the annual Adventure Lapathon.
Obstacles, muddy knees and dirty hands were every-
where you looked.
Every single student had their turn at running the
course and seeing how many laps they could complete
in 30 minutes.
For the third year now the students have had new ob-
stacles to climb under and over as they were cheered on
by teachers, parents, grandparents and other students.
It’s a great fundraiser for the school and one of favou-
rite events in the school year for the children.
A SUCCESSION of dedicated and successful
Junior players is continuing to compete at the
Wonthaggi Table Tennis Association.
Juniors’ coach Bruce Harmer has been delighted to
see that there has been a progressive number of Juniors
turning up with the desire to make it to the top.
They have put in the hard work training and com-
peting in tournaments around Victoria and this has seen
Wonthaggi players selected to represent Victoria year
Two Wonthaggi players, Archie Paxton and Kenzi
Gardner, are off to Alice Springs next week to compete
in the Australian Junior Table Tennis Championships
with thanks to some generous sponsorship from many
Almost half of the Wonthaggi Association’s competi-
tors at the Victorian Country Championships (in Ben-
digo, June 11 to 13) were Junior players or past Junior
players and returned victorious with shields or medals.
The most spectacular win was by the E6 team com-
prising Beau Allamby (10) captain, Jack Duff (11) and
Jack Donohue (12).
They competed against older teenagers and adults
who probably thought they were in for an easy win.
The three young boys were undefeated, victorious
over every team they played, and won the Peter Mascall
Jack Duff was equal leading player in the section
with only one loss over the three days.
They pulled out all the stops and earned the admira-
tion of other players and officials alike.
Max Duff (14) also won two medals over the three
More Junior players are enrolling each season and
Bruce Harmer is happy to take on any player aged from
eight to fourteen years of age.
Parent support is essential.
The new season starts after the school holidays and
coaching is on Thursdays from 6 to 7pm.
Just turn up at the Wonthaggi Table Tennis Centre in
Korumburra Road next to the netball courts.
Phone contacts for Juniors are Bruce on 56 722130 or
Nancy on 5674 4628.
Fantastic: from left, Wonthaggi Table Tennis As-
sociation’s Jack Donohue, Beau Allamby (captain)
and Jack Duff (E6 leading player) with the Peter
Mascall Shield won by defeating everything, most-
ly older teenagers and adults, in their way.
At the top: Wonthaggi Table Tennis Table Tennis
Association’s Max Duff being presented with his
medal for winning the Under 15 Singles.
• Wonthaggi Table Tennis
Oh no: Raff discovers many textures like squishy,
wet and bouncy make up the lapathon course which
is a fundraiser event held annually at St Laurences
Primary School in Leongatha.
Hey: Georgia and Abby are neck and neck in the novel Lapathon fundraiser
which challenges student to complete as many circuits of the course in 30
minutes as possible.
By Jennifer Bals,
GET physical and active at your
local netball association.
The Star spoke to the Leongatha dis-
trict netball association (LDNA) secre-
tary Emma Smith.
“Currently our Under 11s and Under
13s sides both have 11 teams compet-
ing, our Under 15s side has six teams,
and our Under 17s /C Grade is combined
with only four teams competing. We then
have an open section where eight teams
partake in,” she said.
In this league, numbers have been
stable within the last few years and have
increased slightly this year.
They are encouraging for more ages
to come down and have a go, creating a
bigger and more enjoyable competition
for those in the older grades.
They want to inspire more boys to
give it a go.
Emma said; “this year the league has
six to eight boys participating.”
The LDNA hold two twilight com-
petitions, one in summer and one in au-
tumn, usually there are around 50 ladies
competing which is a great result.
LDNA urges you to get involved and
jump down to the courts for fitness, fun
and a social tournament.
The Star also spoke to the Wont-
haggi and district netball association
(W&DNA) president Vicky Donohue
who has also noticed a slow rise in their
“We are encouraging new players
to come down to the courts and have a
go, and attempting to bring players who
have left to come back and play the as-
sociation,” she said
“The W&DNA have recently changed
their age groups to better suit the compe-
tition having an 8/9s, 10/11s, Under 13s
and a combined Under 15/17s competi-
tion.” Vicky added.
A call for more ages to come down
and fill up the higher grades to create a
more stable tournament would be much
As an association they also run a night
netball competition for ages 14 and over,
they oldest players being over 60.
A spring tournament is also held for
girls Year 7, 8 and 9, along with a mixed
tournament for boys and girls ages 15
The physical activity data collected
in the Australian Bureau of Statistics
(2012) Survey of Children’s Participa-
tion in Culture and Leisure Activities,
Australia, discovered that netball was
the third most predominate sport girls
Although over the years the strive
for this activity has slowly decreased in
In 2006, 17.3 per cent of girls were
taking part in this game, decreasingly in
2009, 17 per cent were partaking and in
2012, the percentage lowered even fur-
ther to 16.2.
The local netball associations are
moving past this decrease and creating a
fun community event.
Whether you’re older or younger, girl
or boy there are many opportunities for
you to get involved with your local net-
On court: Parrots player and Mary MacKillop Col-
lege Year 10 student Taylah Brown will be head-
ing to Adelaide in August, to play with the School
Sports Victoria Under 15 netball team.
Jump on court
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