The future still looks promising for Myrtleford’s netballers O&M NETBALL By JUSTIN JENVEY
DESPITE another one-win season Myrtleford A grade netball coach Anndrea Sullivan said the future looks promising.
The Saints were the youngest team in the competition, starting the year with just one player older than 22.
They finished the year even younger, with no player older than 22 after veteran defender Bridget Flint Chapman suffered a season ending knee injury in round eight.
With Amber Quirk missing Satur- day’s final round match against Albury, Myrtleford’s team that took to the court was their least experienced all season.
“Without Amber we had to reshuffle the side and we had Grace (Taberner) in goal keeper at the ripe old age of 16 and Sophie (Capperllari) in goal defence at 17,” Sullivan said.
“Ella Murtagh, who is also 17, started in wing defence so the backbone of our team was teenagers who are playing A grade netball for the first time this year.”
It was a first half to forget for the Saints as they trailed Albury by 30 goals at the interval.
But the young side finished well, not letting the margin blowout but outscoring the Tigers 24-22 in the final two terms as the match ended 33-61.
“If we had have started at halftime it would have been a good result,” Sullivan said.
“We couldn’t buy a goal in the first half and just committed too many errors but we made a few changes in the second half and were able to turn it around.
“Ella Morrison who turned 18 on Saturday came on and played really well in goal keeper.
“Albury is a very tough physical side and they had to work a lot harder in the second half to get the ball into their shooters.
“We played more direct and with more confidence in the second half so it was good to finish off the way we did.”
Myrtleford’s sole win came against Wodonga Raiders in round 13.
“We’ve tried not to focus too much on the wins and loss but what the girls are getting out of games,” Sullivan said.
“From the first game to the last game there’s been definite improve- ment, the girls might not see it but as a coach you do.
“As the year went on the girls got more confident in each other and with some stability you could certainly see what the girls were capable of.
“The last couple of years we’ve lost half our A grade side from the year before but we’ve got girls that should be around for a little longer yet.”
B grade was Myrtleford’s best performing netball side this season winning eight games.
They narrowly missed out on a ninth victory on Sunday going down to Albury 43-46 in a close finish.