New Cats coach
Three-time club best and fairest winner Chelsea McDonald will coach the Finley A grade netball side in this year’s Murray Netball League season.
McDonald has been a star shooter for the Cats over the past few years, being a joint winner of the Murray League Most Valuable Player Award last season.
The 20 year-old said she’s looking forward to the her new role.
‘‘I just want a competitive season from the girls,’’ McDonald said.
‘‘It’s important we all train hard to get success, and once we have success it can make it a fun season.
‘‘In the past I’ve coached the junior teams and assisted at senior level when I could.’’
The A grade Cats just missed out on a finals spot last year finishing seventh, however the lower grades and junior teams managed to reach finals which included a premiership from C reserve and grand final appearances by the club’s B and C grade sides.
McDonald said the Cats have plenty of depth and she is confident the senior grades will be able to ‘‘blood’’ younger players.
‘‘I think Finley’s netball has a promising future,’’ she said.
‘‘There are plenty of exceptional younger players that I have no doubt will help lead us to premierships in years to come.’’
McDonald won three A grade best and fairests in a row, the first at just 16 years of age, and has represented Finley at Murray League level since she was 13.
Finley Netball president Sasha Wood said the club is pleased to have McDonald as coach.
‘‘Chelsea is very popular among our players,’’ she said.
‘‘Despite her young age, the committee and myself are confident she will lead the club both on and off the court.
‘‘Her experience at representative level will help guide her in this role.’’
Finley’s pre-season training began at the start of this month. McDonald’s first official hit-out as coach is against the Deni Rams in the opening Murray League round at 4.30pm on Good Friday.
Chelsea McDonald with Finley’s senior footy captain Lachy Small.