Big Blighty changes
Blighty Netball Club’s senior playing squad will see big changes in the 2019 Picola & District League season.
The new year will see 11 players joining the senior list, with 12 players leaving the club in the off-season.
Included in that list of players leaving the club is reigning league Best and Fairest winner Rhiannan Maxwell, midcourter Demi Blake and shooter Chelsea McNamara.
The Redeyes will gain the likes of Henty netballer Jess Crick and Swan Hill’s Deni McKenzie.
Also joining Blighty will be Finley’s Keeley Coates and Theodora Miaoudis and Jerilderie’s Zoe Stephens.
Redeyes coach Molly Cochrane is still confident about the year ahead, saying the girls joining the club will have a big impact.
‘‘Jess Crick has recently moved to the area, previously playing for Henty Netball Club,’’ she said.
‘‘She has shown some great skills throughout training and we are excited to see what she can bring this year.
‘‘Deni McKenzie has also moved to the area; she is a shooter who can also move to the midcourt, previously playing for Swan Hill.
‘‘Zoe (Stephens) is a strong defender, who is very agile and can also play in the midcourt and Keeley (Coates) is a very accurate and fit shooter who we can’t wait to see move around the goal ring. Dora (Miaoudis) has commitments with football over in Bendigo but when she is home we will happily welcome her onto the court.
‘‘We have welcomed some new faces and also have some juniors to step up into the senior ranks. We also have the depth in our Under 17s and Under 15s who can step up and play in our senior squad if required.’’
The club will welcome Gaye Maxwell as a fitness and netball mentor for the 2019 season Blighty also announced their other coaches in the rest of their netball grades. They are as follows: Alana Coates (B grade, Under 15s), Kristeen Culton ( C grade), Temeka Macdonald ( C reserve), Melissa Westcott (U17s) and Theodora Miaoudis (U13s).