Pip given nod Saints name new coach
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.