Teen wins men’s netball title

Barongarook netballer Jed Christian, 15, helped the Geelong Jaguars claim the Victorian Men’s Netball League Division One premiership on Wednesday night. The Jaguars defeated the Bayside Bobcats in the grand final by nine goals.

Playing out of his weight division has never been an issue for promising Barongarook netball product Jed Christian.

The 15-year-old added another impressive achievement to his blossoming netball career when he helped the Geelong Jaguars’ senior team to state glory.

The Jaguars won Wednesday night’s Victorian Men’s Netball League top-grade premiership, defeating the Bayside Bobcats, 47-38, in the grand final.

Christian first represented Victoria when he was 13 at under-17 level and has become a mainstay of the state’s team in that age group ahead another national campaign next year.

The Trinity College Colac Year Nine student was asked to feature in Geelong’s senior team by his junior mentor and Geelong Cougars women’s head coach Gerard Murphy.

Christian said exposure to senior men’s netball had helped develop his game, after stepping out of the shooting circle to play a midcourt
role.

“It was a bit scary stepping out there with all the older guys, but the team was good and helped me out to make it easier,” he said.

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