One step further
Noradjuha-quantong will continue to focus on succession planning in 2017 as the club offers its talented juniors more time in senior ranks.
Defender Yolly Francis and shooter Sharon Fedke have returned to the coaching helm and will look to go one step further this season.
The Bombers A Grade enjoyed a strong 2016 but fell short of the ultimate prize, going down to a stellar HarrowBalmoral outfit in the grand final by 22 goals.
Francis said the club had lost two key players in the offseason, with league best and fairest runner-up Brooke Pay taking a year off netball and goalie Sammi Avery heading to university.
“It will be sad not to have them around this year, but I know they’ll be back when the time is right,” she said.
Francis said the Bombers had a couple of solid replacements in the pipeline, including a returning player and another from a top-six club, but were awaiting confirmation.
“We also have a very talented bunch of under-17s coming up into seniors this year,” she said.
“They will slot in easily because we worked them into seniors last year.
“We also have a few ladies coming back from having babies, which is great.”
Francis said the club would not have any trouble filling all grades, with a large group of juniors to help fill gaps left by people taking a year off or unavailable because of family commitments.
League 17 and Under best and fairest Maddi Focroul is expected to again have an impact in A Grade, with juniors Lucy Brand and Georgia Lowe set to benefit from more senior experience.
Teams are yet to be announced and will be determined throughout pre-season.
The Bombers have been running pre-season training sessions twice a week since January 30.
Francis said they were progressing well.
“On the first night we had 32 netballers, which is fantastic,” she said
“Our juniors are showing interest and coming to these sessions as well, which we encourage because it helps grow that bond between junior and senior netballers. Carly Creek has done a mountain of work planning out the whole preseason schedule, focusing not just on fitness, but on ball skills and game play to ensure we are ready to fire by round one.”
Francis said there was plenty of enthusiasm around the club as netballers looked forward to another season.
“We had an extremely successful 2016, with all our junior and senior netball teams making finals and three sides playing on the big day in September,” she said.
“We are aiming for this success again and I think we are more than capable with such a strong field of netballers.”
Francis said she expected another hotly contested A Grade season in 2017.
“There seems to be a bit of movement in most of the top teams from last year but nothing too major,” she said.
“I think all top-six teams from last year will still be up there in 2017. Harrow-balmoral will retain the bulk of its list and will be tough again, Laharum will again be strong and same with Natimuk.
“I think Kalkee will see a bit of a rise as they have some very talented youngsters to mix with the experienced girls.
“As for us, our A Grade draw is very tough this year, playing all top-five teams from last year twice.
“We know we are up against a bit of a challenge but we’ll just take it game by game.”
Noradjuha-quantong will start its 2017 campaign against Edenhope-apsley, at Apsley, on April 8.
League 17 and Under best and fairest Maddi Focroul is expected to again have an impact in A Grade.