Mat­ters tar­gets more suc­cess

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JEN­VEY jjen­vey@ne­me­

NEW Bright net­ball coach Ge­orgie Mat­ters hopes a fa­mil­iar face will al­low the Moun­tain Maids to build on last year’s semi­fi­nal ap­pear­ance.

Mat­ters will coach A grade for the first time af­ter tak­ing over from Nat Kidd who, in her one year at the helm, led the team back to the fi­nals for the first time since 2013.

“Be­cause we had suc­cess last year, mak­ing the fi­nals and win­ning one game, I thought if I put my hand up it would help keep the core group of play­ers to­gether,” Mat­ters said.

“I think with most of the girls hav­ing played to­gether for a few sea­sons now we know how each other plays and can read off one another.

“That’s re­ally im­por­tant know­ing where each other is on the court and at this stage all the girls are com­mit­ted to com­ing back ex­cept Nat.”

Mat­ters will en­ter her sev­enth sea­son with Bright af­ter join­ing the club when she moved to the Ovens Val­ley as a pri­mary school teacher.

She has pre­vi­ously coached Moun­tain Maids’ B and C grade teams as well as as­sist­ing in the top grade.

“It’s a lot of work but I think it’s mostly en­joy­able,” Mat­ters said.

“I re­ally en­joyed coach- ing the C grade girls and see­ing them de­velop but I think, hav­ing played with our cur­rent A grade group for the last cou­ple of sea­sons they will be good to coach.

“We’ve had a few train­ing ses­sions and done a bit of run- ning and some strength work but noth­ing too hard yet.”

Af­ter hav­ing four of their five teams con­test fi­nals last sea­son Mat­ters said con­sis­tency on and off the court would be im­por­tant mov­ing for­ward.

“Keep­ing girls around the club is key to sus­tain­ing that suc­cess and we should have that across all grades,” she said.

“We’ve got a re­ally solid B grade group that are keen to stay to­gether and there’s some tal­ented girls that come up from un­der 17s that want to test them­selves at se­nior level.

“It would be good to pick up a key de­fender for A grade be­cause I think that’s what we’re lack­ing but if we can play our best net­ball more of­ten than not we know we can match it with the top teams.”

Ja­nis Mad­den will coach B grade while Jess Sun­der­land, and Marni Witts and Tracy Fitz­patrick will con­tinue in their re­spec­tive roles with the un­der 17 and un­der 15 teams.

The club is yet to ap­point an B re­serve coach.

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

NEW LEADER: Ge­orgie Mat­ters has taken over as Bright’s A grade net­ball coach for the 2018 sea­son.

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