Bec takes on top job

Benalla Ensign - - Communityvoice - By Ge­or­gia Smith

It is set to be a busy 2019 sea­son Re­becca Mathieson.

The Be­nalla All Blacks net­ball guru has added A-grade coach to her agenda, af­ter com­mit­ting to steer both the A and B-grade Pan­ther sides next year.

It comes off the back of coach­ing the B-grade side to fi­nals in her first year at the club this sea­son, while also play­ing for the team.

Mathieson said while tak­ing on the two teams might be chal­leng­ing, it was a chal­lenge she was look­ing for­ward to.

‘‘They are a good bunch of girls to work with so I hope it all goes well,’’ Mathieson said.

‘‘We have a num­ber of girls re­turn­ing to the club from last years A and B sides and a few good new girls com­ing in who will add strength, which should help out on the court.

‘‘At this stage ul­ti­mately we are aim­ing for fi­nals, it’s what ev­ery­one wants to play,’’ she said.

While the Pan­thers B-grade team made it to the semi-fi­nals this year, the A-grade side recorded four wins for the sea­son.

‘‘The im­por­tant thing is that we im­prove on that and try to move for­ward,’’ Mathieson said. for

‘‘If they (A-grade) do make fi­nals that would be a huge ef­fort, but at the mo­ment the plan is to get the struc­ture right and get the team to where they need to be.’’

All Blacks club vice-pres­i­dent Sarah Kil­patrick said the Pan­thers were thrilled to have Mathieson on board.

‘‘She’s a very strong coach and has high ex­pec­ta­tions of her play­ers,’’ Kil­patrick said.

‘‘The play­ers have a lot of re­spect for her and she brings many years of skill and ex­pe­ri­ence from var­i­ous coach­ing roles at dif­fer­ent clubs.’’

Mathieson’s net­ball ex­pe­ri­ence spans across club’s such as Vi­o­let Town and Swan­pool, with the mid-court player plan­ning to be out on the court for B-grade next sea­son.

The Pan­thers have also ap­pointed A-grade best and fairest win­ner El­yse Fel­stead as coach of the un­der-17 side, with coaches of the other teams still to be de­ter­mined.

Pre-sea­son kicked off on Mon­day night, and Mathieson said any­one not al­ready com­mit­ted to a club was wel­come to at­tend train­ing.

‘‘We hope to sup­port our younger girls who are com­ing through, they are the fu­ture of the club,’’ Mathieson said. Sec­tion two. Smith Dosser Ac­coun­tants de­feated GV Hy­draulink three rub­bers to nill. Gerry Mar­gat de­feated Liam Mar­gat fill in 3-0. Liam Mar­gat de­feated Damien Gilbert 3-0. Toby Cur­rie de­feated Deanne Man­ning 3-0. Hol­ly­woods Pizza de­feated Maw­sons Con­struc­tions two rub­bers to one. Jo Hen­der­son lost to Ray Moul­day 1-3. Bart Cann de­feated Greg Cor­nell 3-2. Kate Camp­bell fill in de­feated Jai­dyn Pas­tuszka 3-0. Smith Dosser Ac­coun­tants team progress di­rectly through to the Grand Fi­nal. GV Hy­draulink team play Hol­ly­woods Pizza team in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal. Pre­lim­i­nary Fi­nal The Pre­lim­i­nary Fi­nals were played on Mon­day night and set the stage for the fi­nal clash of the year. Sec­tion one. HP Ex­ca­va­tions de­feated Caslek Com­put­ing and Ca­bling three rub­bers to one. Dy­lan Pas­tuszka def Greg Mur­phy 3-1. Barry Ed­g­ley de­feated Shane Richard­son 3-2. Richard Bull fill in lost to Mark Grif­fiths 0-3. Richard Bull de­feated Gerry Mar­gat fill in 3-0. Sec­tion two. Hol­ly­woods Pizza de­feated GV Hy­draulink two rub­bers to one. Greg Cor­nell fill in lost to Garry Man­ning 0-3. Bart Cann de­feated Damien Gilbert 3-0. Kate Camp­bell fill in de­feated Deanne Man­ning 3-0. The Grand Fi­nal is this Fri­day. In Sec­tion one, Be­nalla Bob­cat play HP Ex­ca­va­tions and in Sec­tion two, Smith Dosser Ac­coun­tants play Hol­ly­woods Pizza.

Top job: Be­nalla All Blacks A and B-grade coach for 2019 Re­becca Mathieson.Pic­ture: Garry Jones

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