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2019 WNA COUNTDOWN: Horsham Demons set lofty standards

Georgie Carberry, Horsham vs Horsham Saints A Grade grand final.

Georgie Carberry.

By LOTTE REITER
Premierships don’t come easy and Horsham Demons’ A Grade netballers surely know this.
The powerhouse side, with its hard-and-fast play style, is frequently in premiership contention, and its 2018 Wimmera League season was no different.
But while Horsham took home six premiership titles in other grades, its A Grade’s devastating one-goal loss in the grand final is a reminder that this competition is never predictable.
A Grade co-coach Mel Scott said despite the disappointing outcome the club was proud of its achievements and keen to continue setting a high standard of netball.
She confirmed the Demons would aim for premierships – if not, finals – in all grades in 2019.
“The goal again is to get up there – everyone wants a premiership, it is what it is all about,” she said.
“We had seven teams in the grand final last year and brought home six premierships which is a huge achievement for the club, we are super proud of that. And we are super proud of the A Grade team, even though we lost by one goal – as much as that hurt – the game they played was a really high standard of netball.
“It was great to be a part of a game like that and great to see the Wimmera league at that level too.
“I think it showcases a standard of netball and a standard in the league and if we can build on that it would be great.”
Scott said the Demons have retained most of their playing list from last season.
She said Paige Lloyd would return to midcourt, with Emma Buwalda back in goals again.
Georgia Hiscock returns after a year in Geelong and Casey Jess and Faith McKenzie are also in the line-up.
Scott said the club would aim to take advantage of the squad’s versatility with a continued focus on developing players as court all-rounders.
“It is important to be versatile, especially in a sport like this. You have to teach players to adapt quickly,” she said.
“If we lose a key player and have to make a change you want to know the team can adapt. I have always been a coach who wants players to understand every position on court so they can step up if needed.
“Every player is an attacker and every player is a defender, it just depends on which team has the ball.
“We want to continue to try new combinations and trial players in different positions – it is important for players to continue to develop and understand the court.”
Scott confirmed Horsham, with its hard-and-fast demeanour on court, would maintain its play-style in the upcoming season.
“We will continue that style of play, it is one of our strengths and something we strive for. It all comes back to fitness. The fitter you are the better you play and the fewer mistakes you make. It develops mental toughness as well, which helps get the team over the line.”
The Demons have a bye in round one and won’t be on court until April 25 for an Anzac Day match against Horsham Saints.
Scott said the club has booked practice matches against Harrow-Balmoral and Natimuk, aiming to ensure Demons will not start on the back-foot with a later entry to the 2019 season.
“We just want to get on court, be competitive, and keep playing good, strong, clean netball.”

2019 coaches:
A Grade: Mel Scott and Amanda Worthy
B Grade: Jodi Bigmore
C Grade: Emma Hopper
17 and under: Liz Jones and Casey Jess
15 and under: Emma Buwalda
13 and under: Penelope Manserra

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Posted on Apr 10 2019

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