Club seeks coaches

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

The Pan­thers are on the hunt for net­ball coaches for the 2018 sea­son.

The Be­nalla All Blacks are look­ing to fill coach­ing roles in the A-grade, B-grade, B-re­serve, C-grade, and un­der­15s net­ball sides for next year.

‘‘Our club en­deav­ours to pro­vide an in­clu­sive and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment for all in­volved. We pride our­selves on rep­re­sent­ing our com­mu­nity in a pos­i­tive way on and off the court,’’ the Pan­thers’ ad in The En­sign read.

‘‘Af­ter a suc­cess­ful 2017 sea­son with our un­der-15s net­ball team win­ning the premiership, we are look­ing for pos­i­tive and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple who would like to get in­volved in our club in the 2018 sea­son.’’

The call for new coaches comes af­ter the A-grade side this year slumped to fin­ish 11th in the Ovens and King Net­ball League, with two wins matches.

In B-grade, the team fin­ished last on the lad­der, with­out record­ing a win all sea­son. in 18

The B-re­serve side won one of its 18 matches, fin­ish­ing 11th, while the C-graders also fin­ished 11th, with one win.

The un­der-15 side went on to win the grand fi­nal, de­feat­ing Bright by five goals.

That side was coached by A-grade player Emma Sang­ster, who will be tak­ing a side next year, al­though which side is un­clear.

The Pan­thers ended this sea­son with a points per­cent­age of 50, the sec­ond-low­est in the league.

Pres­i­dent Blake Good­win said the club wanted to have as many op­tions for coaches as pos­si­ble.

‘‘We’ll be ad­ver­tis­ing right up un­til pre-sea­son or un­til they’re filled. Hope­fully then we’ll have a bit of a se­lec­tion,’’ he said. ‘‘I think as long as we have good peo­ple around those roles then the re­sults will come from that. As long as they’re good peo­ple, we’ll be happy to have them.’’

Ap­pli­ca­tions can be sub­mit­ted to the club by email­ing babfnc3@big­pond.com

A-grade

It took a supreme ef­fort to bring Owls a lit­tle closer to the field when they won their sec­ond match of the sea­son 3-2 in last week’s A-grade clash against Kook­abur­ras.

John Ba­jada showed off his skills to com­fort­ably win both sin­gles, and was sup­ported by Chris Lee, who was in fine touch to ac­count for a sin­gles in straight sets to seal the match.

Plovers had to fight hard to hold off a de­ter­mined Echid­nas in the clash of the round. With many match-ups go­ing to three sets, it was an out­stand­ing per­for­mance from Ga­van Crothers that clinched the win.

He played well to ac­count for both sin­gles in pres­sure games, with the de­cid­ing sin­gles against Michelle Feldt­mann re­sult­ing in a three-set vic­tory. Brian Perry showed off his skills, post­ing a straight sets sin­gles win to take the team to a 3-2 vic­tory.

Mean­while, Rosel­las had to tough it out in a thriller against Taipans, pre­vail­ing for a tense 3-2 vic­tory. Adrian Squires was in top form to win both sin­gles be­fore team­ing with Ray Grant to take a dou­bles vic­tory to seal the match.

Wal­la­bies had to fight hard to over­come Pos­sums, tak­ing the match 4-1 in a tight strug­gle. Cooper Ir­win was the stand­out, win­ning both sin­gles in a mag­nif­i­cent ef­fort.

B-grade

John Spencer led Num­bats to a 3-2 vic­tory over Glid­ers in a high stan­dard af­fair. He played well to win both sin­gles, be­fore com­bin­ing with Jack McNulty to snatch the de­cid­ing dou­bles.

Frogs scored their first win with a 4-1 vic­tory over Mozzies. Richard Mor­ton and Kaleb Lis­senden put in a strong per­for­mance to win both sin­gles.

Red­backs en­joyed a com­fort­able 4-1 vic­tory over Ea­gles. Pauline Hooper was the star of the match, play­ing im­pres­sive table ten­nis to ac­count for both sin­gles. Part­ner Si­enna Ir­win played strongly to win a sin­gles be­fore com­bin­ing for a straight sets dou­bles vic­tory.

C-grade

James Young took Crick­ets to a solid 4-1 vic­tory over Koalas. He played well to win both sin­gles, while An­drea Cath­cart won her sin­gles be­fore team­ing up with Young to win the dou­bles.

Mag­pies were too strong for Hawks. Jack­son Squires starred in the 5-0 vic­tory.

Taste of suc­cess: The un­der-15 net­ballers were the only All Blacks to claim sil­ver­ware this year.

Cook­ing up a storm: FCJ Col­lege stu­dents showed their sup­port by fir­ing up the bar­be­cue.

Beau­ti­ful sum: Be­nalla Bowls Club also held its an­nual U.G.L.Y Bar­tender day on Sunday, rais­ing $1500 for leukaemia re­search.

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