Shepparton News

KEYS TO THE KARA

BLIZZARD JUMPS INTO DRIVER’S SEAT AT SHEPPARTON UNITED AS ORCHARD MAPS OUT HER OWN JOURNEY

- By LIAM NASH

Off the back of a season where fortune smiled upon Shepparton United Netball Club — before swiftly retracting its gaze ahead of finals — the outfit is turning to one of its perennial members to emulate the success as A-grade coach next year.

Kara Blizzard, a name synonymous with the Demons, has been selected to make the jump as Tania Orchard steps down from her senior post at Deakin Reserve to travel.

The Goulburn Valley League minor premier was a force this year — as was Blizzard in its midcourt — and felt the time was right to reward a faithful servant with a crack at the top job.

So, while initially hesitant, Blizzard is now champing at the bit to sit in the hot seat.

“It’s going to be an exciting 2022, I’m really pumped and I think it’ll be a great opportunit­y coaching the girls,” Blizzard said.

“There are a couple of senior girls (myself included) who were thinking it was going to be our last year playing GV A-grade, bearing in mind we wanted to give the young girls a good opportunit­y and step aside.

“With not being able to play finals,

I think that’s where the determinat­ion came out of it. Jessie (Barnes) rang me and said ‘we’ve got to go again’, so I said ‘let’s do it’.”

The buzz from Barnes was merely a call to arms on the playing front.

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