Lions plan for successful season
At Wahgunyah Football Netball Club plans for the new season bring new hopes for a successful year of netball ahead.
Co-senior coaches Kristie Morley and Andy Eales, who together already have a wealth of knowledge in coaching, have secured a new line up of girls to complement their teams in 2017.
Fitness guru Alaina Mills has taken on the role of B Grade coach and Tanya McGill has signed on as under 18s coach again.
Back by popular demand is Jazz Hall who last year won Hume League BOC in the grand final, her list of achievements is nothing short of impressive.
Hall was the 2008 best and fairest winner, 2010 best and fairest winner, 2011 best and fairest winner, 2013 runner up best and fairest A Grade and 2015 runner up A Grade best and fairest .
Lions Netball team manager Kerrie Crawford told the Free Press it will be fantastic to see Hall pair up with old team mate Brooke Morley who will undoubtedly become the dynamic duo next season.
“New to our club is Goalie Emma Whitham who also has had a very successful netball career with Ovens and King League. Emma started playing A Grade at just 14 years old from there she went to Ovens and Murray and at age of 16 won MVP award,” she said.
“Then her netball saw her return to Ovens and King where she won three best and fairests, made team of the year in all three years and also has been selected in their interleague games.
“We welcome her into the fold and look for- ward to watching Emma and Andy dazzle the opposition with their accuracy.”
Kerrie said among the list of signups was the long-awaited return of one of Wahgunyah’s favourite junior players Kate Aylward who started playing in the club’s midgets back in 2005.
“Kate played in the wining grand final against CDU in 2007, was the best and fairest winner in 2009, came runner-up in 18s in 2010,” she said.
“Kate also played two years in A Grade and coached the under 15s team in 2015 and received the rising star award.
“She then went to Corowa Rutherglen Ovens and Murray in 2013 and in 2014 Kate headed to CDHBU where she had a lot of success for the following three years and last year which included playing in the grand final where her side won.”
Kerrie said Lexi Wright was set to return to the courts from maternity leave, which will give the side a much-needed lift in the defence end.
“Crowd favourite Sue Pirnag has also committed to lacing up her sneakers for another year and she will no doubt dominate the centre with the help from some young players coming through the ranks,” she said.
“There are also whispers of another club legend Shazza Eales thinking of making her comeback which we are very excited about.
“Last year A Grade and under 18s both made it to the grand final and unfortunately we were unable to take home the trophies but next season we intend to take it to the next level.
“The entire club is abuzz and we are looking forward to a rewarding 2017.”
Wahgunyah Lions netballer coaches Kristie Morley, Jazz Hall, Brooke Morley, Kate Aylward, Maddison Tobias, Emma Whitham and coach Andrea Eales are looking forward to a promising season in 2017.