Co­bram is aim­ing to climb the lad­der in sea­son 2018

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

Co­bram’s A-grade net­ball team didn’t have quite the year it hoped for, but it has laid the solid foun­da­tions for the next few years.

The Tigers fin­ished 2017 with five wins but a few close losses would prove costly by the end of the home-and-away sea­son with the girls adrift in 10th on the lad­der.

There was a log­jam just out­side the top six, with four sides all within 10 points of play­ing fi­nals.

As­sis­tant coach Sharra Beasley said the girls had their hearts set on qual­i­fy­ing for fi­nals this year and had their chances.

‘‘They were a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed. We lost a few games we could have won,’’ she said.

‘‘We couldn’t quite fin­ish out some of the games be­cause we’re a bit slow with our fit­ness, which is some­thing we’re go­ing to work on be­tween now and the start of next sea­son.’’

How­ever, Beasley said the team still fin­ished the sea­son with a bang, go­ing down by just seven goals to the num­ber three side in a fast-paced fi­nal round match.

She said the team was also dis­rupted by the loss of a few key play­ers, in­clud­ing the cap­tain who was over­seas for six weeks.

‘‘We also had strong sup­port by our Year 12 play­ers who did a great job on and off the court de­spite the added pres­sure of pre­par­ing for ex­ams,’’ Beasley said.

‘‘And we were lucky to have a new stand­out in the team — Brodie Pfeif­fer came from Mul­wala and quickly fit­ted into the side and played a very strong de­fence.’’

With pre-sea­son al­ready set, Beasley said the team would aim for the 2018 fi­nals with re­newed de­ter­mi­na­tion.

She said the side had a lot of 16- and 17-year-olds com­ing into A and B squad and the line-up looked promis­ing.

‘‘We strongly be­lieve in giv­ing our ju­nior play­ers ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ she said.

‘‘Our goal is to make it to fi­nals this year. That’s what we are plan­ning for now and that’s what we are train­ing to achieve.’’

The club’s coaches for 2018 were an­nounced on Mon­day, with Jacquie Ryan coach­ing A-grade and Marlo Zito coach­ing B-grade.

Both Ryan and Zito will be as­sisted by Beasley and Rachael Baxa.

The net­ball ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee has only one change for next sea­son, with Marlo Zito stand­ing down as vice-pres­i­dent and Monique Neal step­ping into the role.

Car­lie Ross-So­den will re­main as net­ball pres­i­dent.

Net­ball pre-sea­son will be­gin in December with a date yet to be fi­nalised.

The net­ballers will join the foot­ballers for a cou­ple of runs be­fore Christ­mas.

When the dates are fi­nalised they will be avail­able on the Co­bram Foot­ball Net­ball Club Face­book page.

Ready to fire: Co­bram’s Ge­or­gia Kerr is ready for a strong pre-sea­son.

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