Har­vey leads new-look side

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Netball Countdown - BY SARAH SCULLY

Kal­kee will field a newlook A Grade team un­der a new coach as it at­tempts to move its way up the Hor­sham District league peck­ing or­der in 2017.

Bek Har­vey has joined the club from Wim­mera league out­fit Hor­sham Saints and is keen to jump into her first ma­jor se­nior coach­ing role.

“I’ve been an as­sis­tant coach be­fore and coached ju­niors at my pre­vi­ous club King Lake, but this is my first proper se­nior coach­ing role,” she said.

“I feel like I’ve been thrown into the deep end a bit but it’s go­ing well.

“I de­cided to do it for some­thing dif­fer­ent. As a player I get frus­trated some­times and I thought coach­ing was a way I could help out and also give some­thing back to a club.”

Kal­kee has se­lected teams for the sea­son.

Net­ball di­rec­tor Melissa Bed­di­son said there was a sig­nif­i­cant amount of player move­ment in the off-sea­son.

Sis­ters Aily and Jordie Mcauliffe have left the club and will play for La­harum this year.

“Tara Jasper will have a go at Wim­mera league this sea­son, so she will be a big loss for us,” Bed­di­son said.

“Hay­ley Thomas and Lau­ren Hotker won’t be re­turn­ing and we still have a cou­ple of play­ers who are yet to con­firm what they’re do­ing this sea­son.”

Bed­di­son said de­spite the losses, Kal­kee had at­tracted sev­eral new­com­ers.

“We’ve had about 13 new girls at the club dur­ing pre­sea­son,” she said.

“These in­clude Ta­mara and Anna Ex­ell from Dim­boola, who will be part of our A Grade line-up.”

Anna will bol­ster the team’s de­fen­sive ca­pa­bil­i­ties along­side Har­vey, while Ta­mara will fill voids in the goal ring and the mid­court.

For­mer Hor­sham net­baller Jaymi O’con­nor has also joined the club and will play at both ends of the court.

Mid­courter Emily Han­nan has stepped up for her first year of se­nior net­ball, while Ella Mot­ton and Britt Baker have been named as ju­nior de­vel­op­ment play­ers.

Bed­di­son said she ex­pected the chang­ing line-up to al­low other play­ers to step up.

“I think Coco Ledgar will re­ally shine this sea­son – she can play any po­si­tion on the court equally as well,” she said.

“I think Mil­lie Mcrae will also have an­other great year.”

Kal­kee fin­ished eighth in 2016.

While Bed­di­son would like to see a rise up the lad­der, she is aware re­build­ing takes time.

“We’ll have a com­pletely new group this sea­son, so the main pri­or­ity ini­tially is get­ting ev­ery­one on the same wave­length and gelling to­gether nicely,” she said. “Our goal is to have fun this sea­son. We have a great bunch of girls, on and off the court.

“We also want our younger girls to gain more ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing and in other roles.

“We would like to think we could im­prove on our fi­nal lad­der po­si­tions from last sea­son in all grades. We’re also kick­ing off the sea­son in brand new dresses, so I can’t wait to see them in ac­tion.”

Bed­di­son said she was pleased to wel­come Har­vey to the club and looked for­ward to see­ing the se­nior group flour­ish un­der her lead­er­ship.

“There are a few girls in the group who have coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence who will be a great help to Bek lead­ing the team, es­pe­cially when it comes to di­rect­ing the younger girls,” she said.

Mon­tana Ledgar has taken on an as­sis­tant coach­ing role.

Har­vey said pre-sea­son ca­ma­raderie in­di­cated pos­i­tive signs for the club.

“We’ve had a good num­ber of girls turn­ing up at train­ing. Ev­ery­one’s been re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic and things are look­ing promis­ing,” she said.

“We’re a new side so this year is about get­ting to know each other and learn­ing to play to­gether. It’s about hav­ing fun. There is no pres­sure for the girls. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. I’m ex­cited for a fresh start.”

Kal­kee will play in­tra-club matches on Fri­day be­fore kick­ing off its 2017 Hor­sham District league cam­paign against reign­ing premier Har­row-bal­moral at Har­row on April 8

NEW COACH: Bek Har­vey has joined Kal­kee from Wim­mera league out­fit Hor­sham Saints. Pic­ture: SARAH SCULLY

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