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One of the Bendigo Netball League’s best ever players will be back on court this year for Gisborne. After a year off travelling, Maddy Stewart returns to the Bulldogs as they look to defend their premiership title. Stewart, a two-time Betty Thompson medallist, is a big in for the Bulldogs and their defensive end, helping to cover the loss of Zoe Davies, who has moved to England to play in the English Netball Super League. Stewart will also coach the A-reserve side.

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The Sunbury Lions have secured the services of Jordan Tentonello for this year’s Ballarat Football League season. Tentonello joins the club from Rupertswood, having been one of the stars in the Sharks preliminary final run in the Essendon District Football League division 1 this year. The Lions describe him as a versatile player who can play across multiple positions on the ground, Jordan has great athleticism and a strong work rate.

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The Ballarat Football Netball League will kick off on April 13. The league announced its fixture late last year, with no Good Friday games to occur this year. The Sunbury Lions will start their season on the road against Redan. The Lions first home game will be the following round when they host Melton South, with the Panthers football side now coached by former Lions coach Travis Hodgson.


Romsey has announced the signing of Aaron Flavel for the upcoming Riddell District Football League season. Flavel is a hard running inside mid with a strong desire to impact the contest. He joins Connor Bills, Oscar Schnoor, Ash Millane and Ethan Beer to have joined the club.