On any given Saturday
Michelini wants team to perform as they have been at club level
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.”