Maids go with two coaches
BRIGHT’S A and B grade netball sides will be co-coached by Georgie Matters and Zerlina Green in 2019.
Matters led the A grade side this past season and will be joined by Green who is entering her second season at the club.
Matters welcomed her first child in October and said she recommitted to coaching after Green indicated she would be interested in sharing the role.
“I don’t think I would have coached but with two of us it’s going to be easier and Zerlina can take the load off if I’m too busy with Lachy,” she said.
Both mentors are primary school teachers at Bright P12 College while for Green it is her first foray into netball coaching.
“I haven’t coached netball before but have coached athletics and that’s something I really enjoyed,” Green said.
“I’ve got the same passion for netball as I do athletics and I think it if you love something it makes coaching or teaching it a lot easier.”
It will be the first time in a number of years that Bright has had the same coach for both its A and B grade sides.
Janis Madden was the coach of the B grade team for the previous two seasons.
“I think both Georgie and I had the same kind of idea on how we wanted the netball to go,” Green said.
“This season we sort of had our A grade and then our B grade rather than a senior squad.
“When I played in the Goulbourn Valley league our A and B trained together and that way you’re working on the same drills or the same court work and it means players moving up or down aren’t going into a team where they have no idea about the style of play.
Bright was one of three clubs in the Ovens and King to have all five netball teams play finals in 2018.
The Mountain Maids will begin preseason training for all grades this weekend with a session on Saturday before training on Wednesday nights for three weeks prior to Christmas.
Matters said the Mountain Maids are on the hunt for key position reinforcements due to the potential losses of A grade players, defender Elly Buckley and goal shooter Emily O’Neil.
Buckley travelled from Melbourne to play this year and O’Neil is now working at Mt Buller.
Meanwhile, Matters hasn’t set a timeframe on her own return to the court.
“I’d like to get back at some stage but it will just depend how I go with fitness and what grade I play we’ll just see what happens,” she said.
“I did miss playing this year but I was glad to be coaching.”
NEW ROLE: Second year player Zerlina Green will join Bright’s coaching ranks for the new Ovens and King netball season.