Lions plan for suc­cess­ful sea­son

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) - BY ALAN­NAH GREEN­WOOD

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.

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