Netballers continue to shine on the big stage
SOME of Bendigo's most talented netballers have made their mark on the big stage this year.
The region's top netballers have continued to make an impact on Victorian and national leagues.
Caitlin Thwaites (pictured) is heading off to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.
It is the first time Bendigo shooter will travel with the Australian team for such a special event.
It has been a long-time coming for Thwaites, who has been working hard for several years to make it into the Diamonds team.
Thwaites has was an integral member of the NSW Swifts team during the ANZ Championship season, despite the team falling short in its first final game.
She deserves her spot in the Diamonds and will no doubt do Bendigo and her country proud.
She will no doubt do Bendigo and her country proud.
Kerang netballer Julie Corletto will also travel to Glasgow.
She has been a long-standing member of the Australian netball team.
Chloe Watson has already had a fantastic season in the Victorian Netball League.
She was named the league's Most Valuable Player, an amazing achievement for someone who is just 20 years of age.
Watson's team the City West Falcons ultimately fell short in the championship match.
Yong gun Monica Wellington also capped off an impressive season with VU Western Lightening with a spot in the VNL 19 and under Team of the Year.
Overall there was about 10 players and coaches who were involved with VNL clubs and development squads this season.
Watson is one of the most promising netballers in the region, she has been selected to take part in the inaugural Netball Centre of Excellence Program.
The defender will be among the best players from across the nation, she will learn from the best coaches and have access to first-class facilities.
She is definitely on her way into making it into the Australian Diamonds team.
Caitlyn Strachan is another who has already experienced national success, playing with the Melbourne Vixens.
The North Central region netballer has a bright future ahead of her.
Both Strachan and Watson will now line-up in the Australian Netball League.
Strachan is the vice-captain of the Victorian Fury and Watson will co-captain the Victorian Flames.
In the Bendigo Netball League, several netballers continue to impress this season.
It has been an even season with the premiership could come down to either Kangaroo Flat, Gisborne, Kyneton and Golden Square
Several players from across all clubs have had stellar seasons, so it is sure to make an exciting finish to the 2014 season.