Tigers are Wright on track
KATAMATITE ISN’T PUTTING A FOOT WRONG IN OFF-SEASON AS IT REAPPOINTS COACHES FOR NEXT CAMPAIGN
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.