Pip given nod Saints name new coach

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Di­dier Sto­bart

The Be­nalla Saints net­ball team has an­nounced the ex­cit­ing coach­ing ap­point­ment of five­time premier­ship player and twotime premier­ship player-coach Pip O’Dono­hue.

O’Dono­hue last won a premier­ship with the Saints in 2007 and said the op­por­tu­nity to come back to a club she had so much suc­cess with was too good to pass up.

‘‘It feels like home again. The Saints have al­ways had great young ta­lent and the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop that ta­lent was the rea­son I came back,’’ she said.

Not yet know­ing what the team would look be­fore pre-sea­son started this week, O’Dono­hue was full of con­fi­dence and had one very spe­cific goal in mind.

‘‘Our goal is to play fi­nals. That is ev­ery team’s goal at the start of the sea­son, but that’s how I will judge our suc­cess,’’ Pip said.

‘‘I will do ev­ery­thing I can to drive this team to the fi­nals and mo­ti­vate the young ta­lent to im­prove ev­ery week.’’

O’Dono­hue grew up in Echuca and has en­joyed more than 20 years of play­ing net­ball at the high­est grade and 15 years of coach­ing.

‘‘I was orig­i­nally com­ing back to play and coach the B-re­serves, but when the op­por­tu­nity came up for se­nior coach it brought back so many mem­o­ries and I wanted the younger play­ers to feel what I felt in those premier­ship days,’’ she said.

The team has lost a few Melbourne-based play­ers, so it is look­ing for some new lo­cal ta­lent to step up and join this ex­cit­ing team be­fore the sea­son starts.

‘‘We are very open to new play­ers, so if you’re a keen net­baller you are wel­come to join us at train­ing and try out for the team,’’ Pip said.

Train­ing will be on Tues­day and Thurs­day nights be­tween 6 pm and 7 pm at the Be­nalla Show­grounds. All play­ers are wel­come and po­si­tions on the team are still open.

Ready and rar­ing: New Saints net­ball coach Pip O’Dono­hue.

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