Netballers in strong contention
It’s exciting times for Rennie B Grade looking to make its second consecutive year of a finals appearance.
The team has had multiple changes throughout the season with many being shuffled around the all four senior teams. By round 7 is was clear who was to be staring in B Grade.
In the defence end, it has been well covered with Jill Haack as the main Goal Keeper. The Goal Defence position has seen interchanged between Lisa Handreck, Georgia Hope and Caitlin O’Dwyer, who returns to us from an overseas trip that has kept her away for the last half of the season, but looking forward to these combinations working together in the finals.
The Wing Defence position has been secured by Leah Rowe who has played stellar games all year in this position and others.
The Centre Super Star Nada Nolen will look to be the flow we need to link our two ends together, and combining well with Jess Westwood in Wing Attack who has an excellent pass and drive into our shooters.
Laura Nunn and Kristy McDougall who have stepped up from C Grade to join the team as the primary shooters. We look forward to these two girls really showing their skills coming into finals.
Sitting in 8th position, it will be a challenge, with no second chances, but Coach Ackerly has full confidence in the netballers to really push themselves and the team to do well, as we will enter each game on a week by week basis.
Captain Zoe Worland believes that the C Reserve girls can push deep into the finals after a challenging season with new opposition. With only two girls, Zoe and Emma Chessells remaining from the previous season, there have been many new faces join the ranks.
After cementing a place in the eight, the girls are looking forward to the opportunities and results that may present themselves over the next couple of weeks.
The defensive end of Emma and Emily Stanley has provided extra height this season that has often been missing. The partnership between the two in the ring is fantastic with both girls supportive of each other.
The team’s midcourt in Jasmine Burns, Maddie Docking, Shani Snelling with the assistance of coach Deanne Kelly, have grown and developed over the course of the season and are peaking just at the right time, considering two of the girls had never played the game before! Their speed and drive will be helpful and supportive for our shooting end.
Shooters Erin Lawford and Zoe have been working extremely well and have found their most suited positions in the second half of the season.
Their teamwork and trust in each other from playing with each other all season has been fantastic and drills at training are preparing them for the upcoming battles looming in the finals series.
All the girls know that it will be a tough road and something of a fairy-tale to find themselves in the Grand Final, and have had some close games against some of the stronger opposition teams.
They all know that if they bring their ‘A’ game and work as a team the dream may be grasped, although will be taking it one quarter at a time. 17 and Under
Coach of the Under 17s Rennie netballers, Kate Forge is heading into the finals with plenty of hope that her team will finish with the ultimate win. Despite finishing on top of the ladder and only one loss during the season, it hasn’t been an easy ride with injuries plaguing the season and resulting in many new combinations on the court most weeks.
Lining up in defence is Chelsea Beavis, Emily Coghill and Charlie Hargreaves who all place their opposition under immense pressure week after week and are the backbone to our team. Providing the team with strong leads and drives are Phoebe Thorpe, Anika Walsh, Mya Bye and Catherine Shaw who are all important assets to the team. Taking on the vital shooting role is Hayley Bigger, Brylee McCarty and Sophie James who constantly impress with their skill and accuracy, converting the hard work from the whole team into goals.
With 9 out of the 10 girls having finals experience in the past, the pressure shouldn’t hold these girls back during their finals campaign.Get behind our skilled group of Under 17s girls to support them through their finals fight.
15 and Under
This year the under 15s welcomed some new players and new families to our great club. These girls have fitted in beautifully. They have all worked hard all year, with a top of the ladder finish, it is amazing.
As a coach I have been blessed with a number of girls who can not only defend but can shot goals as well. Having 10 girls in the side has meant quite a lot of rotations to ensure all girls have equal court time along with developing their skills. They are adjusting to different people in different positions, which is a credit to them, and their teamwork skills are great.
There is very little difference in the top five teams. Our girls are really going to have to work hard to get to the big game. But I know as their coach if they remain confident, play to our game plan, and keep working as a team, they could definitely be there, come Grand Final day. Good luck girls.
13 and Under
First time coach Brooke McDougall has worked hard this year to create a strong dynamic team. With a team of 12, McDougall has had her work cut out. The team this year has gone undefeated, but not without challenge. With three draws for the entirety of the home and away season, the girls know that finals are not going to be easy. McDougall says; “Although having 12 girls in my team is a lot and many might struggle, I have found it to be a blessing. My girls aren’t training to play one position, they are learning skills to be able to play where they are needed and to enjoy it while it happens.”
Diversity is going to be key come finals and being able to run different combinations is going to keep the opposition on their toes.
With Ella Rhodes being a prize shooter, her poise and drive to help her team mates Grace Stephens and Sophia Shaw are one you cannot miss. These girls know how to work the ring and make it look way too easy.
Our mid-court consists of girls of all heights and ages, but they are fierce. The shortest player on our team is Georgia Phillips, but you cannot miss her. Alongside her is Charlotte Bott who has also made a few surprise appearances in the goal ring. Abbey Shoppee and Eliza Nagle are somewhat new to the netball game. However, they have made such an impact in this team.
Abbey Coghill has been a major role model throughout this team in the defensive end. Working alongside her is the gentle giant Sophie O’Dwyer. Sophie is a key player in this team, with her ability to play every position.
Mia Doherty has also made a surprise appearance in the defensive ring with an eye for reading the play.
Emily Hogan is a strong and agile defender with clean body on body defence.
Caitlin Van Maanen has arms that cover the opposition’s path before they know it. Caitlin works hard at training and is an important asset to this team.