GV firmly in O&M’s sights
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.