(Back, from left) Queensland Firebirds vice-captain Clare McMeniman, Lane Motor Group principal Scott Lane, Warwick Netball Association secretary Linda Bunch, Warwick netballers Amanda Creed, Helena Fraser, and (front) Lucy and Sarah Mantova at the presentation before the Firebirds final home game.
(Back, from left) Queensland Firebirds vice-captain Clare McMeniman, Lane Motor Group principal Scott Lane, Warwick Netball Association secretary Linda Bunch, Warwick netballers Amanda Creed, Helena Fraser, and (front) Lucy and Sarah Mantova at the presentation before the Firebirds final home game.

Clare remembers home town

FORMER Warwick junior netballer Clare McMeniman has chosen the Warwick Netball Association for a $750 through the Holden Cruze Grassroots Grant.

All players in the ANZ Championship were asked to nominate a local netball club at the start of the season.

When players receive three votes for the match, Holden awards $750 cash and a set of Holden-branded goal posts to the player’s nominated club.

Warwick Netball Association was nominated by McMeniman, the Mission Queensland Firebirds vice-captain, at the beginning of the season and received the grant at the Firebirds final home game.

A contingent from the Warwick Netball Association, as well as Lane Motor Group principal Scott Lane featured at the recent presentation.

Warwick Netball Association secretary Linda Bunch was among the group which accepted the cheque.

Bunch said as far as she knew, the plan was to put the money into the juniors.

“That will enable us to put a lot of resources into coaching and we can also put it into everyday stuff like balls and bibs,” she said.

As a season member, Bunch attends all Queensland Firebirds home games and keenly follows McMeniman’s progress on the court.

“Clare has done just so well this season, she is inspirational to watch,” Bunch said.

“So often you see Clare shut down the other team’s wing attack and virtually take them out of the game.

“That sort of player is inspirational and we congratulate her on such a fantastic year.”

Lane took his family to the presentation which preceded a Firebirds game.

“My family had a wonderful time at the game, it was really good,” he said.

The inspiration shown so often on court by McMeniman and Allora goal keeper Laura Geitz might pay off today when the Australian Diamonds squad of 22 is named.

A team will be named to play four internationals in Australia and two in New Zealand in August prior to the selection of a team of 12 for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, on October 3-14.

More information about the Holden Cruze Grassroots Grants on www.holdennetballcentre.com.au



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