Maids go with two coaches

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BYJUSTIN JEN­VEY jjen­[email protected]­me­

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.”

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

NEW ROLE: Sec­ond year player Zer­lina Green will join Bright’s coach­ing ranks for the new Ovens and King net­ball sea­son.

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