Nat has knack for winning

January 10, 2018

Winning form: Shepparton's Natarsha Bamblett (back right) coached the Victorian under-12s side to the title at the Australian Indigenous Schoolgirls Netball Carnival.

There is not much Natarsha Bamblett can’t do.

Having been Richmond’s first signing for its VFLW team following a league best-and-fairest in the Northern Football League, Bamblett is not too shabby as a netball coach either.

The Shepparton export again took the reins of the Victorian under-12 netball side at the Australian Indigenous Schoolgirls Netball Carnival, leading it to a premiership.

Among the side were Shepparton talents that comprised of Bamblett’s sister Nakiah and cousin Djura-Lillie Western.

Bamblett said her relatives were continuing to grow in their netball careers, improving their skills at the tournament on the Gold Coast.

‘‘I’ve seen them play for many years and they have just matured and are playing the best netball they’ve ever played,’’ she said.

But she said the whole Victorian side was supreme and the reason the team was able to topple NSW in the final.

‘‘The whole nine of the girls were so disciplined and positive with good attitude,’’ Bamblett said.

‘‘It was such a privilege to see them grow and develop over the week and learn from me.’’

Bamblett sees netball coaching as the next step to progress in the sport.

Now playing a high level of football at the Tigers, participating in netball is forbidden, meaning she has to find other avenues to be involved.

‘‘I think footy coaching is still a fair way away, but definitely with the netball now it’s the next step for me now I won’t be playing,’’ Bamblett said.

‘‘I think I’m so in love with the coaching and the experience that it gives me of giving back to the kids and being able to teach them or pass down knowledge.’’

Only to further add credentials to her netball coaching resume, Bamblett’s Victorian side went through the competition undefeated, despite only meeting on the first day of the tournament.

But with five players being selected for the Australian Budgies side, Bamblett’s mentoring skills are clearly well advanced.

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