SPORT Dream­ing of back-to-back

De­spite the loss of crit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, the Lady War­riors aim for con­sec­u­tive ti­tles

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - By CAM POT­TER

THE quest for back-to­back North East con­fer­ence pre­mier­ships is on track, but Wan­garatta Lady War­riors will be fac­ing a new look com­pe­ti­tion in the 2018-19 sea­son.

The Lady War­riors will face fresh com­pe­ti­tion from Kyne­ton Tigers, while Swan Hill Lady Fly­ers, Bendigo Braves and Mary­bor­ough Blaz­ers will all re­turn to the con­fer­ence.

“We are hope­ful of go­ing back-to-back, that has been the aim all pre­sea­son,” Lady War­riors’ coach Craig Northey said.

“Most of the girls played deep into the net­ball sea­son and we will be miss­ing a few of them for the first two rounds.”

Abbey Chap­man and Alaana Northey will not suit up for the War­riors in round one’s clash with Myrtle­ford next Sat­ur­day night, but the woe doesn’t end there for the reign­ing North East con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons.

Jade McCowan (knee), Cather­ine Guest (work) and Rachel Jef­fery (sea­son off) will not re­turn for the War­riors and all will leave a sig­nif­i­cant hole in the line up.

“It will hurt; Jade ob­vi­ously tried to play through it last year and her im­pact will be missed,” Northey said.

“Cather­ine said she would love to come back but just can’t com­mit with work com­mit­ments, while Rachel has had a mas­sive Big V sea­son and just needs a break; she hasn’t en­tirely ruled out a re­turn next sea­son.

“Her on- and off-court im­pact around the group will be sorely missed.” Northey ex­pects the likes of Chloe Storer, Loni Strick­land and Chelsea Gilchrist to have big roles.

“Chloe can only rise again,” he said.

“She has had a good off­sea­son, I think Loni will have a bet­ter sea­son this year while Chelsea is back from a knee in­jury and we have her full time now.”

As for the com­pe­ti­tion, Northey isn’t too wor­ried about the North East.

“We have to travel more this year,” he said.

“We will play against some dif­fer­ent teams and it will be a dif­fer­ent look­ing con­fer­ence to last year. “I am con­fi­dent still.

“One team to watch will be Wodonga, by the looks of it they have named the ju­nior Ban­dits squad.”

As for his fi­nal squad, Northey said he is still con­firm­ing a few play­ers.

“I don’t want to con­firm any­thing just yet,” he said.

“I am still wait­ing to hear back from a few play­ers; noth­ing is con­crete just yet.

“I know that as a club we will be pro­mot­ing some of the younger girls this year; it’s look­ing ex­cit­ing.

“We just need to get the miss­ing play­ers back af­ter the first cou­ple of rounds so we can build from there.”

PHOTO: Mark Jesser/Bor­der Mail

CHAMPS: A con­sec­u­tive North East con­fer­ence premier­ship is the aim for the Lady War­riors.

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