Amber Fitzgerald and her mother Jenny with their awards as best and fairest players in division five and division three of the
Amber Fitzgerald and her mother Jenny with their awards as best and fairest players in division five and division three of the

A family trophy double

By JACQUI LUMB

LIKE MOTHER, like daughter was the theme in the 2005 Coffs Harbour Netball Association awards when both Jenny Fitzgerald and her daughter Amber won best and fairest awards for their divisions.

Jenny has only played netball for three seasons, and became involved through her daughter's participation in the sport.

She said her division three team of a couple of years, The Escapees, were playing in the senior competition to have fun and she encourages other mothers to follow in their daughter's footsteps.

Amber, member of the Barbies, was joint recipient with Catherine Mitchell of the best and fairest award in division five of the junior comp.

Amber has had a very successful and busy year, also receiving the coaches award, the dedication award and an umpiring award from her club.

She is constantly helping with other teams and volunteering in the canteen and to umpire, this being her first year.

Sawtell/Toormina's Jodie McGinnity who coached two teams, was awarded coach of the year.

Her teams, the under eight Hot Stuffs co-coached with with Lucy Newburn and the under 15 Mambos didn't make the finals.

"The Hot Stuffs didn't win a game, but they had a great time playing the sport they loved," McGinnity said.

She joined the netball club this year after moving back into the area, wanting to meet more people.

McGinnity signed up in Division One for Sawtell/Toormina, then volunteered for the job as coach for the two teams.

She hasn't decided whether she will coach again, but probably will.

At just 14 years of age , Melissa Farrell from Toormina High School was awarded umpire of the year.

Farrell has been umpiring for four years now and is mainly in charge of the under 13s and 14s, but has also umpired a couple of women's matches where sometimes people do debate her calls.

"It's a bit hard in those games if there's a wrong call, but I just ignore them."

Farrell is hoping to continue with her volunteered umpiring position next season, and will definitely be playing in the competition again.



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