Cougars claim VNL Div 1 title

August 10, 2023 7:43 am in by
geelong cougars win netball victoriaThe Geelong Cougars have bounced back from a heartbreaking Grand Final loss last year, to take out the Victorian Netball League Division One premiership on Wednesday night.

The Cougars beat the Diamond Creek based North East Blaze 59 to 48 in the decider at the State Netball Centre in Melbourne.

Dominant Goal Shooter Ellen Doyle netted a massive 49 goals in the win, alongside Goal Attack Georgina Cuthbertson who chimed in with 10.

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It’s an important win for the Cougars amid a shakeup in the VNL structure ahead of next season, while the Super Netball league – Australia’s highest level of competition – continues to consider expansion.

Netball Victoria announced earlier this year the league will expand to 12 licenses from 2024-28, including up to three outside of Melbourne.

The new-look VNL will also reduce from three to two divisions, Championship and an Under 23 comp.

Image: Netball Victoria (Facebook).