Rams de­fect to Brumbies

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport - David Sal­vaire

Reign­ing netball pre­miers Rock­ing­ham Rams will not field a side in this year’s Peel Foot­ball and Netball League com­pe­ti­tion.

The Tele­graph un­der­stands a big move of play­ers from Rams to the Bal­divis Brumbies meant the Rock­ing­ham side made a de­ci­sion not to en­ter a team.

The move is a ma­jor blow to the lo­cal netball league and is likely to dras­ti­cally af­fect the out­come of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

But with the boost in play­ers, the Bal­divis Brumbies could be a for­mi­da­ble out­fit in 2017.

Bal­divis’ di­rec­tor of netball Madelein Peters said the ex­pand­ing club was go­ing from strength to strength ahead of the sea­son opener this week­end.

“Our club has been for­tu­nate to have growth not only in num­bers but also the cal­i­bre of our pre­vi­ous and new play­ers is reach­ing a higher stan­dard with ev­ery train­ing ses­sion,” she said.

“The girls are com­ing to­gether su­perbly.”

With the in­flux of Rock­ing­ham play­ers, Bal­divis has en­tered league, re­serves and an open squad into the 2017 PFNL ros­ter.

This year the Brumbies league side will be led by head coach AJ Harawira with the new ad­di­tion of Gina Taki­aho-Thorne in the assistant coach­ing role.

Peters said the pair had put a “tremen­dous” amount of ef­fort into get­ting the squad ready for round one.

“The coach­ing staff have been amaz­ing with the growth and co­he­sion of our squad,” she said.

“Our goals re­main the same for this year which is to en­sure the girls play to their full po­ten­tial and take each game as it comes.

“We con­sider our­selves in the process of build­ing. The at­mos­phere around the club in the leadup to next week’s sea­son opener has been pure ded­i­ca­tion and mo­ti­va­tion.

“Our girls are here to train and they train hard. Our train­ing ses­sions are very in­tense with fit­ness work be­ing a key as­pect to our coaches train­ing prepa­ra­tions.”

Pic­ture: Peel Netball League

The 2016 Peel Netball League Cham­pi­ons Rock­ing­ham Rams will not play in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

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