Cobram is aiming to climb the ladder in season 2018
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.
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