A po­tent force

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Wfl Finals -

There has been lit­tle doubt for much of Wim­mera Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s A Grade year that War­rack Ea­gles are one of the teams to beat for this year’s flag. The Ea­gles have a high-qual­ity line-up, a group that has pro­duced 14 wins for the sea­son. A Grade coach Jane Richard­son pro­vided The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser with a snapshot of her thoughts on why the Ea­gles have done well and what the fu­ture holds. At what stage did you be­lieve you had an A Grade team ca­pa­ble of play­ing fi­nals? Richard­son: “When we were se­lect­ing sides in our pre-sea­son we thought the team we put to­gether had a re­ally good chance of mak­ing fi­nals. Most of the girls had played to­gether dur­ing the past few years and knew each other’s games well.” What do you con­sider have been the ma­jor hur­dles in get­ting your team to the fi­nals and how did you over­come them? What are the big­gest hur­dles now you are in the fi­nals? Richard­son: “Try­ing to keep our play­ing list fit for the sea­son and just man­ag­ing work­loads has been some­thing we have had to work on. It’s some­thing we con­tin­u­ally try to man­age.” What does your team have to do to get into a po­si­tion to play off in a grand fi­nal? Richard­son: “Con­sis­tency is some­thing we have worked on since last year when we thought our games could be a lit­tle in­con­sis­tent.” Who have been your key play­ers, lead­ers, men­tors and so on who have helped you get to the fi­nals? Richard­son: “Our cap­tain Emma Kos­chitzke has been an out­stand­ing leader for us. Her work ethic at train­ing and on game day leads the way for the rest of the group. Me­gan Werner has also been a key player this year. She has been a real fo­cal point in and around goals. Bri­odi Mcken­zie has also been im­pres­sive and she and Me­gan have de­vel­oped into a re­ally ex­cit­ing com­bi­na­tion in goals. Penny Fisher has con­tin­ued to per­form well and will be in­stru­men­tal in our fi­nals cam­paign. For on-court lead­ers we can’t go past hav­ing Sarah Spicer back in the team af­ter her knee re­con­struc­tion last year. She is a game changer.”

From struc­tural, phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal points of view, what are the strengths you can ex­ploit in your team and what are the weak­nesses you have to over­come to be suc­cess­ful in the fi­nals? Richard­son: “Most of our team has played to­gether for the past few years so that knowl­edge of each other’s games will cer­tainly be a strength. We also pride our­selves on our strong all-court de­fence.”

How do you see the short and long-term fu­ture of net­ball at your club? Richard­son: “We have pretty good numbers in our se­nior teams and our ju­niors are re­build­ing af­ter a few years of low numbers. Our net set go pro­gram has good numbers though so hope­fully we can keep these girls in­ter­ested in net­ball in the fu­ture.”

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