New coach to head Avenel net­ball

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT -

A host of Kyabram Dis­trict Net­ball League clubs have changed coaches as they look for an added ad­van­tage this sea­son.

Reign­ing premier Avenel will en­ter the sea­son look­ing to go back-to-back with new coach Te­gan Hansen.

In­jury side­lined Hansen last year, but she was as­sis­tant to head coach Kathryn Hard.

Go­ing out on a high af­ter coach­ing a grand fi­nal win and be­ing crowned league best-and­fairest, Hard made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to call time on her play­ing ca­reer in Avenel.

Based in Mel­bourne, Hard said she needed a break from trav­el­ling for train­ing and games, but did not rule out a re­turn in the fu­ture.

The Swans will be­gin this year’s cam­paign with a grand fi­nal re­match against Nagam­bie.

From the most suc­cess­ful in the com­pe­ti­tion to last year’s wooden spooner, Jess Hill will take charge of Long­wood as the side looks for a fresh ap­proach.

The Redlegs did not win a game last year and have notched just one vic­tory in three years.

Hill has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence to bring to the squad, hav­ing been the A-grade coach at Gir­garre in 2014 and 2015.

The Redlegs be­gan their pre­sea­son cam­paign on Sun­day with Jac Martin, Jamie Fran­cis and Ni­c­hole Han­son jointly coach­ing the B-grade squad.

Phil Bryant will en­ter into his sec­ond sea­son with Murchi­son af­ter a rel­a­tively suc­cess­ful last year.

Fi­nals are within reach of the Grasshoppers this year, af­ter the side fin­ished just one spot out­side the top six with eight wins.

Step­ping up: New coach Te­gan Hansen in her play­ing days with Avenel, reign­ing premier in the KDNL.

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