Metro Jets Newsletter – March 2018

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Metro Jets Premier League 2018 Adelaide
P L A T I N U M   S P O N S O R

It has been a busy start to the year, with Winter Trials taking place, Premier League Preseason underway, our Jets Family Fun Day being held, and Summer CND Finals commencing next week.

Winter Trials are always a challenging time, and unfortunately, as we all know, it’s a time that often doesn’t result in pleasing everybody. But I’m sure everyone would understand, that trying to balance teams and sort positions for 200 players is a huge task. So a BIG thank you must go to all our Coaches, Selectors, Court Co-ordinators and Committee Members, for assisting throughout the trial process.

A big welcome to our new families and players who have joined Jets for 2018, and welcome back to all our existing Club girls and families as well.

On behalf of the Committee, I’d like to welcome back our Club Coaches and new Coaches to the Club, along with our Club Volunteers, Committee Members and Umpires. Thank you for giving up your time and efforts towards the development of our girls and Club.

New Coaching Staff for 2018:
Premier League Coach: Rod Webster
Assistant Coach: Andrew Plenty
Premier League Reserves Coach: Chris Gilbert
AMND Coach: Kylie Plenty
AMND Assistant Coach: Matt Brooks
Sub Junior 3 Coach: Sharon Stone
Primary 3 Co-Coach: Alison Dingwall

Summer season is almost at an end and we would like to wish all of our Jets teams the very best of luck in the finals. Semi-Finals commence next Tuesday and Friday night, so please check the finals flyer for information on our teams, times & court numbers. We hope to see you there showing your support – Go Jets!

Lastly, an extra special mention must go to all the businesses and families, who have agreed to join the Jets family or continue their sponsorship of Metro Jets in 2018. The Club enters its second year with Major Sponsor the Real Estate Institute of South Australia, and Silver Sponsor The Hilton Hotel, along with new Silver Sponsor The Goodwood Community Branch of the Bendigo Bank. Thank you for the ongoing and generous support you provide towards our Club. Team Sponsorship and PL Player Sponsorships are soon to be finalised, but if you are looking to get involved please contact

Good Luck to all teams competing in the Summer Finals! Go Jets!

S I L V E R   S P O N S O R S
T E A M   S P O N S O R S
S A V E   T H E   D A T E 
Please update your diary with these important cub dates
T H E   S U M M E R   2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8    F I N A L   S E R I E S 
Welcome to the 2017 / 2018 Summer Final Series
CONGRATULATIONS to all our teams who are playing in the Summer Semi Finals this coming week. It would be great for all club members to come along and show your support GO JETS !! 

P R E M I E R   L E A G U E 
Welcome and Hello from our Premier League 2018 Squad. 
The Jets PL preseason started with a squad of 27 players in mid-November 2017 with 14 players carrying over from the previous season. Adding so many new athletes into our program brings many new and exciting skill sets and personalities to work with.

The squad worked extremely hard over the preseason period (until February 20th) with 4 new Inter players involved from day one, who all showed hard work and dedication along with the rest of our players. Having Inter players involved also shows that our Club pathway program is working, which is a positive move forward for our Club.

At the end of February the preseason squad was reduced to our on-court squad of 20 players.
Along with new members to the squad, we have a new coaching team for 2018:

Premier League Coach:  Rod Webster
P/L Coach 11 seasons
State Under 17’s Coach 2 seasons
Netball SA Board Member 7 years

Premier League Assistant Coach: Andrew Plenty
P/L Coach 2 seasons
P/L Assistant 7 seasons
State Men’s Open Coach current
State Men’s player several seasons

Premier League Reserves Coach: Chris Gilbert
Started Men’s U/17’s
Cougars Inter 1 Coach 2 seasons
Woods Panthers P/L/R Assistant 2 seasons
Open Mixed State Team Coach current

Premier League Reserves Assistant Coach: Jan Kaluza
Coached several Jets teams over seasons
Premier League Reserves Coach 1 season

Physio: Sandy Woolman (Adelaide Crows Sports Medicine Clinic)
Previously at Women’s & Children’s Hospital (Paediatric Injuries)

Fitness: Sean Baker (PEAQ Conditioning)
Previously Strength & Conditioning at AFC; WAFC and WWTFC
Currently at Port Adelaide Football Club
Participant on Channel 7’s “Spartan”

Leadership Development: Simon Starr
11 seasons working with Netball programs
Sports and Business Performance & Leadership Specialist
Director at Hood Sweeney

Team Managers: Jill White 15 seasons (PL) & Maddie Jessop 1 season (PLR).

On April 7th the PL Squad will be participating in the Preseason Cup at Priceline Stadium. Please come along, watch a couple of games and show your support. We look forward to seeing you there, as are the girls are looking forward to working with you as part of our Buddy systems and specialised training sessions during the season.

Premier League Coach

P R E M I E R   L E A G U E   P L A Y E R   S P O N S O R S
F A M I L Y  F U N  D A Y 
Thanks to everyone that came along to the Jets Family Fun Day. It was a great day and a wonderful way to kick off the 2018 Winter Season. Thank you to our Premier League squad and PL Coach Rod Webster for attending and a BIG thank you to all our sponsors who joined us for the day:

Hilton Hotel: selling delicious cakes, hot coffee and water
Goodwood Community Branch of the Bendigo Bank: Gift bags and bank account incentives
Adelaide Crows Sports Medical Clinic – Physio needs and equipment
Archery Attack – Bubble Soccer suits and entertainment

There was also fun to be had with the face painting, henna tattoos and the photo booth too.

S U M M E R  T R A I N I N G
Thanks to all the coaches and teams for participating in the summer training sessions. This was a great program to further develop and enhance the girls knowledge and skill level.

H E A L T H  H U B 
The perfect start to your netball game! 

Get energised for your games with this banana –  cocao –  walnut – boost smoothie. According to research published in the online scientific journal PLoS One, consuming a banana prior to playing sports is as beneficial as a sports drink. Plus, bananas provide antioxidants and potassium !!

M E T R O   J E T S   S T A R S 

The 2018 Adelaide Metropolitan Netball Academy trials have just concluded and we would like to congratulate the following athletes who have been selected in the Metro squad:

Melisa Albanese, Laura Duncan, Caitlin Eichner, Monet Lyle and Olivia Nicholls. 

Congratulations also to Liana Walker who made the Northern Metropolitan Academy Squad.

Well done to everyone who attended trials.

The Metro Jets Coloured Shirt program has kicked off to a great start this summer season. All 8 girls (Charlie Bradford, Laura Duncan, Imogen Graham, Isabelle Grinham, Caitlin Eichner, Annalese Dunbar, Montana Dunbar & Teagan Dunbar) have improved beyond expectations. Their application of the rules, for learner umpires, is fantastic and they are always looking for feedback and clarification. Keep an eye out in winter season for them cruising up the grades.

It has been a pleasure to work with such a keen bunch of girls. There are some very promising developmental opportunities coming up to the winter season, so be sure to send me at email at

If you’re interested in umpiring and supporting our Club, we would love to have you on board. Metro Jets are required to provide an umpire for every game that we participate in, so we need your help. Please contact our Umpiring Coordinator Caitlin North at if you have any questions, or would like to know more about the process and support offered within our Umpiring Program.

W E L C O M E  T O  T H E  W O R L D 
A big WELCOME to Baby Finlay (son of Jets Coach and Player Kristie Johnson).
Fin is sure to be spoilt by brother Oliver, parents Kristie and Ryan, and Aunties (and Jets players) Ashlyn and Annelise.

Congratulations to Jets senior player Maddie Wakefield and her fiancé Scott Nerlich on their recent engagement.
We wish you all the very best on your new journey together.

C L U B   S U P P O R T
Are you willing to help?  The Jets Netball Club is run by volunteers of the Jets community.  Do you have any skills that the Club can utilise?  Can you offer some of your time to assist with events?  If so, please contact Club Secretary Katrina Wood
G E T    C O N N E C T E D

The AMND now has their own Smartphone App. It’ll will keep you up to date with your teams, events, draws, scores, ladder fixture and much more.

To get the full feature of your team app you will need to download
Launch the team app and search A M A D 

C L U B   N E W S
Do you have a special occasion that you would like to share?
Birthdays, wedding, achievements?
The Club is keen to celebrate the positive news of our Club Members so please share your stories.
If you would like to share a celebration in the next Jets newsletter, please click here.

Another way you can share your good news stories with the Club is through photographs. Don’t forget the Club is on Instagram and Facebook, so make sure you tag us in your pics!


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