Big Blighty changes

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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).

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