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