Shepparton News

Tigers are Wright on track

KATAMATITE ISN’T PUTTING A FOOT WRONG IN OFF-SEASON AS IT REAPPOINTS COACHES FOR NEXT CAMPAIGN

- By Aydin Payne

Katamatite Football Netball Club has jumped on the front foot early in the offseason and locked in its senior coaches for next year.

The Tigers will once again be led by Jedd Wright and Tesslyn Saunders in the senior football and A-grade netball ranks respective­ly.

The Picola District Football Netball League outfit made the announceme­nts in recent weeks, as preparatio­ns for next season ramp up.

Both mentors will return in a playing capacity for next season.

The Tigers’ seniors finished the cancelled season in fourth position, while the A-grade outfit occupied sixth spot.

Katamatite president Max Wright said the club was rapt to have its senior leaders locked in.

“It’s fantastic news for the club,” Wright said.

“We have also locked in all of our junior football coaches for next year as well, which we are really pleased about. They are all quality people.

“All of our footy and netball coaches did a super job for us in what was a difficult season.”

The coaching announceme­nts come as the Tigers begin re-signing their talented senior footballer­s for next year.

Wright said the majority of last season’s playing roster would return to pull the boots on.

Reigning league best-andfairest winner and skilled

ruckman John Woodcock will return alongside gun midfield duo Sam Poole and Pat Horsburgh.

Wright said his son Sam, a 136-game star at North Melbourne, would again pull on the yellow and black jumper.

Sam’s former North Melbourne teammate and onballer

Jamie MacMillan is tipped to return and add to his four games from this season.

But Wright said the Tigers would be without their third ex-AFL star, Joel Tippett, who is set to move back to the Gold Coast.

Meanwhile, the Tigers’ netball contingent will have

brand new courts come next year.

Katamatite received funding from Moira Shire Council to upgrade the existing bitumen playing surface to a synthetic court.

The project, which is tipped to cost more than $200,000, is expected to be completed in June.

“The surface of the courts will be completely redone for next season, which is exciting,” Wright said.

“I know the netballers have worked extremely hard

and will be really looking forward to getting out there and using them.

“The club is really appreciati­ve of the support from Moira Shire to make this happen.”

The Tigers are yet to host their end of season presentati­on night, but Wright expected the club to make an announceme­nt soon.

“We are just waiting for COVID-19 restrictio­ns to ease. We want to celebrate our season together,” he said.

 ?? ?? Going around again: Jedd Wright will coach Katamatite next season.
Going around again: Jedd Wright will coach Katamatite next season.
 ?? ?? Staying on: Katamatite A-grade coach Tesslyn Saunders will remain at Tigerland next year.
Staying on: Katamatite A-grade coach Tesslyn Saunders will remain at Tigerland next year.

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