Finals in girls’ sights

After a slow start with not many out to pre-season training, we are now really excited about the season ahead.

We have lost five girls from last year’s top two sides and multiple players from the lower grades, so our numbers were initially low.

However, we have fortunately picked up some new and returning players, which have provided us with a lot more depth than originally anticipated.

It has been a complex task for the coaches trying to finalise teams and there may still be some changes, but we are looking forward to seeing our girls have a real crack at finals this year.

The A1 team will miss Sharnie Kent (not playing), Mia Darling (knee reconstruction) and Jamie Dinham from last year’s team, but is excited to have picked up three very skilled girls; Hailey Maiden, Brooke Trengove and Amber O’Brien (Sammy O’Brien’s sister).

These girls will mix well with the talented Nikki Darling and Cristie Castle, who will play goals while Nicole Hardy, Tracey Agius and Stacey Gameau will make an experienced mid court.

Stacey Gameau will player-coach the A1 team.

With a fairly new line up the girls took a while to get into the game against Virginia and gave them an early lead.

To their credit, they improved as the game went on and had a great last quarter to come away with the win.

They need to keep improving and aim to play well for four quarters to be able to mix it with the stronger oppositions this season.

The A1 team all had a great game and had a huge win against an undermanned Hamley Bridge side.

Their defensive efforts all the way down the court were brilliant.

Hailey Maiden took lots of intercepts and Amber O’Brien pulled in many rebounds. The A1 goalies Nicole Darling and Cristie Castle shot well to capitalise on these opportunities.

The decision making and timing down the court was much better this week, as they are starting to gel better as a team.

The A2’s have a similar side to their grand final team from last year.

President Steph Walker will play goals, Maddy Seccafien, Steph Agnello and Cassie Kent will run the centre court with Rhiannon Wendland in defence.

They have lost Neralie Wearn who is having another baby, and Trisha Beere who’s not playing this year.

However, they have gained Briony Thomson in goals who, after a fantastic season in A3 last year, will bring skills and experience to the team as their new player-coach. Imogen Quill is a fresh face to the club with an abundance of raw talent and versatility.

Tamara Eves returns to Two Wells with extra skills and has trialled well to earn her spot in A2.

These girls had a great game against Virginia winning easily, and have shown they will be up there at the end of the season if they continue to improve.

The A2s had a great win again against Hamley Bridge even without player coach Briony Thomson on the court. Madeleine Seccafien had an awesome game at WA and Steph Walker shot well really well.

The A3 team look very strong again this season.

They have four of their remaining grand finalists from 2014, also losing a player to pregnancy.

They will gain some experience and fresh new faces who bring great skills and experience to this young side.

Brooke Schuit will stay at GS, with Shannen Weir moving into GA from the centre court.

Kate Lange and Karen Grimazio will provide speed through the centre, with their fellow mid-courter yet to be decided from the A4 following an early injury.

Kylie Lowe has shown early that she is deserving of her jump up from the A5s, and is taking every opportunity to learn from her more experienced defensive teams mates in Jayne Plummer and Cheryl Herman.

Neralie Wearn is excited about being a non-playing coach of these girls this year.

The A3s had a wet start against Virginia, but played really well to come away with a big win.

The A3s had a massive win against Hamley Bridge, the girls lucked out and had to play in the pouring rain again.

Brooke Schuit actually shot 71 of the 78 goals, which has to be some sort of record.

The A4s will be a team to watch again this season.

They lost many girls for a variety of reasons from last years premiership side, but have picked up some great new girls and also promoted a couple of worthy players from the A5s.

We found it very hard to separate these girls from the A3s this year, which means they will once again have a great side.

Sarah Dinham, Rachel Wendland and Sharna Rendell have trialled well and have the chance to prove themselves in A4 goals.

Abby Playfair will play her first year in seniors in this team, bringing lots of versatility alongside the talented and reliable Rachel Lange.

We also have some very impressive new girls in this team with Kim Arnold in defence and Vicki Kulwikowski and Chantel Harris in the centre court. The A4’s will benefit greatly from Cheryl Herman and Aaron Edmead coaching in 2015.

They had a tough first match but had some great passages of play, and will only improve from here on.

They played well against the A5s in their scratch match and are looking forward to their next game as a more settled side.

The A5s have a great mix of youth and experience this season.

Lily Playfair and Tayla Southwell will play their first year of seniors.

Alison Eland, Megan Wandel, Jessica Stringer and Brooke Mullins return from good seasons in A5 last year.

We also have new player Melanie Sochacki who will bring skill and experience to the team.

We are excited to say Di Hondow will return to the club this year to coach the A5s with the help of Leah Clifton.

The A5s have a few byes this season as Virginia and Hamley don’t have A5 so they won’t play until round 4.

They had a scratch match against the A4s as Hamley don’t have an A4 either.

Dianne Hondow pulled on a dress and had a great game with the girls.

Net Set go will be running again this year – thanks to Bec O’Brien and Michelle Dimasi for setting this up again after a couple of successful years.

In the U10s it’s Tayla and Amy’s first year coaching after helping with Net Set Go last year.

They had a draw against Virginia and won against Hamley Bridge.

Rachel Wendland moves up to coach U13As after a very successful season coaching the 10s last year.

They beat Virginia by one but went down to Hamley Bridge.

Gaynor is continuing as U15 coach.

They had a bye against Virginia and had a close game against Hamley Bridge to go down by four.

Tanya Kent is coming out of retirement to coach the U17s along side the fresh face and great netball knowledge of Steve O’Brien.

The U17s had a huge win versus Virginia and played really well to have a draw against Hamley Bridge.

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