On any given Satur­day

Miche­lini wants team to per­form as they have been at club level

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - OPEN NET­BALL By CAM POT­TER

KIM Miche­lini’s Ovens and King open age side boasts an in­cred­i­ble ar­ray of ver­sa­tile youth and ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in one of the more dy­namic teams of past sea­sons be­fore tak­ing on the Hume League to­mor­row.

All of the named play­ers have the abil­ity to play mul­ti­ple po­si­tions and play them well.

Seven clubs are rep­re­sented with the squad as fol­lows: Tay­lah Reidy (Greta), Sarah Bond, Nel­lie Purches, Lauren Flynn (Tarrawingee), Ebony Allen (Whorouly), Des­tanie Crispo, Grace Pat­ter­son (King Val­ley), Al­yse Hedin (Mi­lawa), Amelia Sk­il­beck (Gooram- bat) and Le­sha Ho­gan (Bright).

Miche­lini is op­ti­mistic of her side’s prospects.

“We are all about gelling as a team, we can’t play like in­di­vid­u­als,” she said.

“With the ver­sa­til­ity we have, we have shoot­ers that can play at ei­ther end of the court, we have de­fend­ers that can shoot and then go through the mid­court.

“Train­ing has been about play­ing at a high in­ten­sity through the mid­court, and to help cut off the pass at the top of the goal cir­cle.”

Miche­lini said it has been hard to get an in­side look at the Hume League be­cause of the lo­ca­tional gap be­tween the sides.

“We are just so far away,” she said.

“We are un­ac­cus­tomed to their league and how they op­er­ate; so we are fo­cus­ing on our­selves and what we do.

“We will fo­cus on what we do well, and shut down as quickly as pos­si­ble on any­thing they try and do to get around us.

“To jump out of the blocks and get a gap in the first quar­ter is a goal of ours.”

Miche­lini said down to the ba­sics.

“In­ter­league has that lit­tle bit of a halo around it,” she said.

“Let’s not treat it as any other day, on any given Satur­day; that’s how I have told the girls how to play.”

Gooram­bat stal­wart Amelia Sk­il­beck will cap­tain the side; it will come with over 10 years of in­ter­league ex­pe­ri­ence and over 300 games for Gooram­bat, Sk­il­beck will bring a lot of voice to the court.

“Amelia brings a lot to the court; she’s a great all rounder, she’s great with the men­tor­ing role for the kids, as well as her on court drive,” Miche­lini said.

Sk­il­beck, who will cap­tain an in­ter­league side for the first time, backed up her coach’s sen­ti­ment, with her voice on the court key to­mor­row.

“It’s a pretty big hon­our, so hope­fully I can do my best to help the team get the win,” Sk­il­beck said.

“We have been train­ing well and we are look­ing good for the game.”

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