Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Maxwell steps up

- By LAURA GREEN

Former Victorian Netball League player Rhiannan Maxwell is bursting onto the Deniliquin netball scene in the 2022 season as the Rams A and B grade coach.

Netball has been a lifelong passion for Maxwell.

She played for the juniors and seniors at Finley Netball Club growing up, before moving to Melbourne for university.

She continued to play while away from home, for the Wastsonia Saints in the Northern Netball League.

It was with the Saints she started coaching.

Maxwell also played for the North East Blaze in the Victorian Netball League in 2015.

On returning home to Finley in 2016, Maxwell joined the Blighty Redeyes A grade team from 2017 to 2018, before getting involved with the Rams in 2019.

‘‘This will be my third year at the club, if we are counting the 2020 season,’’ she said.

‘‘Being a Finley girl, the Easter hit out against Rams and Cats was always a highlight of the footy/ netball year.’’

The Goal Attack/Goal Shooter will be a playing coach in 2022.

When asked why she put herself forward as a coach, Maxwell said ‘‘why not?’’.

‘‘I think I have a lot of experience and knowledge that I can share with some of the younger girls that are coming through the ranks at Rams.

‘‘It’s exciting to have such a talented group of players with the club, and I know I have a lot of people around me that I can lean on for support throughout the year.’’

Maxwell believes the qualities of a good coach include listening and supporting players, ‘‘whatever their needs are’’.

She also wants to encourage a positive and enthusiast­ic atmosphere about the club, a widerangin­g focus for all Rams football and netball teams in building their current and future generation­s of players up.

Maxwell’s confidence in her abilities means her main concerns lie in being able to play out the upcoming season, after COVID wreaked havoc with both the 2020 and 2021 Murray Netball League competitio­ns.

‘‘Honestly, I hope we can just get through a full season without any interrupti­ons.

‘‘Bring on the days where you know you’re going to be playing netball on the weekend, regardless of what happens during the week.’’

She says her energy will be on bringing home the premiershi­p.

‘‘I am excited to hopefully be a part of helping our senior teams bring home a flag in 2022, since we were so close in the 2021 season,’’ Maxwell said.

On the decision to coach both A and B grade, she acknowledg­ed the tapestry of teamwork required for netball teams which can lead them to success with the fast-paced game.

‘‘I like the idea of teams working together as a unit to achieve a goal. To do that, the netballers will be expected to show up early and commit to giving the seniors grades solid footing.

‘‘If we can push each other throughout the pre-season fitness, the first few rounds and through to the tail end of the season, we are going to be so much better off for when finals come around.

‘‘When there are girls who are training hard and putting in a solid effort out on court, it’s always going to make you go that little bit harder. I hope this is something I can instil in the girls next season.’’

 ?? ?? Rhiannan Maxwell in action for the Rams earlier this year.
Rhiannan Maxwell in action for the Rams earlier this year.

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