GV firmly in O&M’s sights

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - O&M IN­TER­LEAGUE BY CAM POT­TER

FOUR Wan­garatta-based net­ballers will line up for the Ovens and Mur­ray to­mor­row in the strong­est show­ing of Wan­garatta rep­re­sen­ta­tion at in­ter­league level for a num­ber of years.

Wan­garatta Rovers’ star Sami Krelt­szheim will join Wan­garatta Mag­pies’ four-time best and fairest win­ner Hannah Grady, Issy Byrne and Leah Jen­vey to take on the Goul­burn Val­ley League in Yar­ra­wonga to­mor­row.

Long-time Wan­garatta coach Lou Byrne will take the reins this year and is fa­mil­iar with a lot of the play­ers se­lected through var­i­ous in­ter­league and rep­re­sen­ta­tive squads in the past.

With the first and only train­ing ses­sion held at Yar­ra­wonga last night, the net­ballers have had lit­tle time to gel and work out how each other plays, but that shouldn’t be a prob­lem ac­cord­ing to Grady.

“We have re­ally good va­ri­ety this year as op­posed to pre­vi­ous years,” Grady said.

“Some years you will see one team dom­i­nate the line up, but this year there is re­ally good va­ri­ety with a lot of clubs rep­re­sented.”

Lav­ing­ton Pan­thers have one rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Ainslee O’Con­nell, while Corowa star shooter So­phie Han­ra­han, Wodonga Raiders’ up and comer Brooke Pryse and North Al­bury star pair Grace Se­nior and Nakita Singe are also in the squad.

“Some of the Lav­ing­ton girls have a wed­ding so most of them are un­avail­able which had to be taken into ac­count by the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee,” Grady said.

“Based on the num­bers avail­able, I will be able to take to the court a lot more, but it isn’t about that; whether you get on the court or not, to rep­re­sent the league is awe­some. cpot­ter@ ne­me­dia.com.au

“To play with some of the best play­ers in the league is an awe­some achieve­ment, I think it will be re­ally cool to play with the best play­ers.”

Grady grew up play­ing net­ball with Krelt­szheim and Byrne, while she has been coached by Lou Byrne at club level in the past.

Issy Byrne and Grady along with the in­jured Jenna McLeod rep­re­sented the league last year against Goul­burn Val­ley and Grady sug­gests that the GV will have quite a strong side once again.

“The game will be of a high stan­dard,” she said.

“I ex­pect them to be strong and quick across the court.

“Their shoot­ers last year were very strong at hold­ing and very ac­cu­rate so that will be a good test.”

In the un­der 17s game, Wan­garatta Mag­pies’ Amelia Reilly and Olivia Richards have been se­lected to play against Goul­burn Val­ley.

“Those two girls def­i­nitely de­served it,” club mate Grady said of Wan­garatta’s two rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the side.

“From mem­ory both were in the squad but they weren’t se­lected so to get this op­por­tu­nity again is a tes­ta­ment to their hard work.

“I don’t think any­one else has worked as hard as Amelia has this sea­son and over pre­sea­son to get bet­ter.

“Olivia has al­ways been a gun and she is start­ing to get that recog­ni­tion around the league.”

The un­der 17s will kick off their game at 12.25pm, while the open age game will be­gin at 2.20pm at JC Lowe Oval, Yar­ra­wonga to­mor­row.

MAIN: Hannah Grady will rep­re­sent the O&M for a sec­ond straight sea­son. BE­LOW: Sami Krelt­szheim is in ca­reer-best form.

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