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Kalkee netballers to capitalise on junior development in 2016

DEVELOPMENT FOCUS: Kalkee netball leaders hope a strong focus on blooding juniors in senior teams will be a key to success in 2016. Pictured is last year’s 17 and under premiership team. Many of its members played dual junior and senior roles. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

DEVELOPMENT FOCUS: Kalkee netball leaders hope a strong focus on blooding juniors in senior teams will be a key to success in 2016. Pictured is last year’s 17 and under premiership team. Many of its members played dual junior and senior roles. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES


By SARAH SCULLY
Kalkee will look to reap the benefits of its junior development program to enhance its A Grade prospects in the 2016 Horsham District league season.
The Kees narrowly missed out on finals last year and senior coach Jodi Potter hopes all grades will finish in the top six at the end of the home-and-away season.
Potter, who co-coached A Grade in 2015 and will coach B Grade this season, said the club had retained several talented juniors who were ready to step up.
“Tara Jasper, Aily McAuliffe and Coco Ledgar are returning to A Grade this year,” she said.
“Jordie McAuliffe will probably play a few games also, but how many depends on her state basketball commitments.
“For the past couple of seasons we have really worked on developing our young kids and it is paying off.
“The girls have definitely benefitted from A Grade experience and we are looking forward to seeing the benefits this year.”
Potter said the club had lost last year’s co-coach Rachel Thomson, Claire Hewson, who has returned to Ballarat, and Brittany Lawson and Sarah Scott, who are taking a year off netball.
A Grade will be boosted by the return of attacker Melissa Beddison and versatile Hayley Thomas, who can fulfill either a key shooting or defensive role.
“They have both played A Grade before and it will be great to have them back,” Potter said.
“We also have a few strong B graders who are being considered for A Grade and are being developed.

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Posted on Mar 30 2016

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