Lions netballers strive towards the new season

GREAT WESTERN - Rhodes Plumbing Great Western Football Netball Club is preparing for season 2014, their third season after coming out of recess.

Last year saw a vast improvement in the number of wins for the club and they are hoping to improve with more wins this season.

This year has seen the club appoint a totally new netball coaching panel presenting vast amounts of experience on and off the field.

Tracey McCartney has taken a step down from the senior coaching role and has taken on the role of netball director.

This role involves the overseeing of the netball club and reporting to the general committee.

Lee-Ann Moana has been appointed A grade coach for the season.

Lee-Ann brings to the club a wealth of experience, fitness and maturity on the netball court.

She has just started up her own fitness business CRAVE Personal Training, was the runner up in the Mininera League best and fairest last season and won her club's A grade best and fairest award.

Great Western will have joint C Grade netball coaches in Kim Smith and Nerelle Sandy.

Both these players bring a variety of experience, club administration and umpiring skills to the club.

Kim is a stalwart of the club who has taken on many roles within the club over the years and is excited to try out her coaching abilitiy.

It is Nerelle's second year at the club and while playing, has taken on a mentoring role to the younger girls. She is also a highly skilled badged umpire which every club needs.

The under 17s are being led by Tracey McCartney and Mollie Simpson.

Tracey was the senior coach last year and is going to enjoy the step down to coach the under 17s.

This is Mollie's first year at coaching, but she is full of enthusiasm and willing to learn as much as she can.

Under 15 coach is Rachael Nicholls assisted by Michelle Dunn.

Rachael is regular contributor to the club helping out with junior coaching in previous years, a club administrator and a reliable player.

Michelle is returning to the club to assist Rachael who will not be able to commit fully due to work commitments.

Once again Jess Kindred is taking on the role of under 13 coach.

This is a role that she takes on with a lot of enthusiasm and totally enjoys teaching the new Lion cubs the skills needed to venture into the higher grades.

Training will commence for juniors on Thursday, February 6.

Under 13s are at 4.15pm, Under 15s at 4.30pm and Under 17s at 5pm.

All new players are welcome to attend and try out for all netball teams.

Seniors training commenced on Thursday, January 30, but the club is still on the lookout for more players.

Everyone is most welcome to attend training which will be Thursday compulsory training at 6pm involving fitness and netball skills and Monday nights at 6.30pm with Lee-Ann which will solely involves fitness. This is non-compulsory and costs $10.

This is another exciting year as the club continues to rebuild.

The club extends a warm welcome to any players, umpires, spectators or family members to become involved in the Lions family club.

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