Bec takes on top job
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