Big things predicted for pint-sized Cobden netballer

Athleticism is in the blood of Cobden midcourter Amy Hammond.

Hard-training 15 and under winner Amy Hammond. 130714DL37 Picture: DAVE LANGLEY

Hard-training 15 and under winner Amy Hammond. 130714DL37 Picture: DAVE LANGLEY

The speedy centre last night won the Hampden league’s 15 and under netball best and fairest award, 18 years after her father Stephen won the league’s senior football top individual honour, the Maskell Medal.

Amy, who was unable to attend last night’s count at Deakin University, is a highly regarded player within her club and the league.

Cobden netball co-ordinator Helene Myers, who accepted the award on Amy’s behalf, said the teenager had represented the league and the western region this year.

“She is a really hard trainer,” Myers said.

“She has been training with the under 15s and staying on to train with the senior group all season.”

She also squeezed in several A1 appearances this season.

Amy might be small in stature but her speed and agility around the court set her apart.

Myers said Amy was bound for the club’s A grade side, possibly as early as next season.

She will step up to 17 and under competition next year. Amy claimed the award with 32 votes, four clear of North Warrnambool Eagles goal defence Kira Bussell.  

Amy’s Bombers teammate Molly Hutt, a goalie, was third on 25.

Amy polled in a stunning 14 matches. She was voted best on court four times but such was her consistency, 10 times she received the two-vote.

Kira caught the attention of the umpires 12 times, picking up six three-votes, four twos and two ones.

The Eagle said she had given herself no chance in the award before the count, believing teammate Georgia Corbett would lead the club’s tally. 

The pair will clash with Amy in Saturday’s second semi-final at Port Fairy.

The Bombers are the only side to defeat the minor premier this season, raising expectations of a tense match.


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