Navarre has announced its A Grade netball coaches with Caitlyn Murphy and Taylor Mason sharing the duties in 2017.
Mason coached the B Grade team in 2016 and has resisted an offer from another club to take the senior role alongside 2016 joint A Grade coach Murphy.
The change comes after former A Grade coach Jess Parry left the club to play with family in the 2017 season.
Mason said she is excited to draw on her senior playing experience in the new position.
"I have played A Grade since I was 13, so have always been in that environment,” she said.
“And I thought taking that step up to coach would help me while giving benefit to the team as well.”
Mason played as goal defence in 2016 but said she expects she will need to move into the attacking third in 2017.
The move will also help make coaching duties easier with Mason in charge of the goal end while Murphy takes charge of the defenders.
Mason said she wants to focus on the team’s fitness during the preseason to ensure they keep running out games at high intensity.
"We will have to pick up our fitness before the season starts,” she said.
“We have a lot of experience and that is what prevails in the end.”
The team will continue with a similar style it has used to win the past four A Grade premierships.
"We are looking to keep it pretty similar, it has worked for us and everyone is comfortable,” she said.
"Caitlyn has been a part of our coaching for three of the last four, so she has plenty of knowledge.”
The pair have played plenty of netball together and share the same thoughts on how they want the team to play.
Mason said she does not expect any tension between the two while sharing coaching duties.
"We have always got along, always had the same ideas and agree on most things,” she said.
The team has been training once a week but it will be increased soon
Mason said it will be a mix of fitness and skills training.
"We will look to do one skills session a week then an extra one or two sessions of fitness,” she said.
"We need to focus on our basics during games a lot more this year.
“We lost a lot of games due to simple things like footwork and catching last season.
"Our gameplay is down pat now, we just need to keep improving and executing our skills more often.”
The Grasshoppers will start their Maryborough-Castlemaine District Football-Netball League season at home against the Trentham Saints on April 22.
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