Younger Saints to step up

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Di­dier Sto­bart

The Be­nalla Saints net­ball team is com­ing off a strong sea­son last year, thanks to some Mel­bournebased play­ers who will not be re­turn­ing to the team this year.

They fin­ished the sea­son in fourth po­si­tion on the lad­der, but were knocked out in the qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal. The loss of some key play­ers has forced the team into a new di­rec­tion, plac­ing the em­pha­sis on de­vel­op­ment of the younger play­ers.

The ex­cit­ing new ap­point­ment of for­mer pre­mier­ship play­er­coach Pip O’Dono­hue will cer­tainly help with this de­vel­op­ment, with the new coach ex­pect­ing a num­ber of play­ers to step up from B-grade.

‘‘We have a few play­ers in­clud­ing Kel­sei Paul­pratt and Chloe Hill who are ready to take that next step into A-grade. It’s ex­cit­ing to see their de­vel­op­ment al­ready and they look like they will be key play­ers.

‘‘We also have the ex­cit­ing re­cruit of Grace Amarant who was an A-grade player last year and al­ready looks like a great young role model for the team.’’

The Saints will be in­tro­duc­ing an un­der-15 team for the first time, build­ing the at­mos­phere at the club and gen­er­at­ing more in­ter­est for the younger play­ers com­ing through.

The team will be re­ly­ing on young lo­cal play­ers to step up and is still in the process of re­cruit­ing new play­ers.

All new play­ers are wel­come to try out for the team and places in A-grade are still very much up for grabs.

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