Team work Pies’ focus ahead of season opener

The Maryborough Football Netball Clubʼs Bendigo Football Netball League netball sides are gearing up for round one this Saturday. The club has also announced itʼs full roster of netball coaches for season 2019. (Back) Jaymie Proctor, Rachael Palmer, Jordan Macilwain, Carla Hare, Alisha Chadwick, Alicia Cassidy. (Front) Kylie Mortlock, Stacey Russell, Deb Symes, Ella Tranter and Sharine Lanfranchi. (Absent) Bella Westbrook, Selina McKnight-Palmer and Sarah Lohmann.

After just missing out on finals due to percentage last season, Maryborough Football Netball Club’s (MFNC) A grade netball side remains largely unchanged for season 2019 with the hope to get the job done this year.

With Deb Symes again at the helm, the Pies have lost just one member from their A grade rotation in Tori Chandler.

Symes said while Chandler will be missed, she is extremely happy with the side.

“It is very similar to last year except Tori has gone to QLD for university, so she’s an exit out of the team. We’ve got the inclusion of Eliza Roughead however so I’m happy,” she said.

Roughead will step into the Pies’ strong midcourt and defence area alongside Chloe Egan (GK, WD), Maggie Tranter (WD, GD) and the sides’ youngest member, Bella Westbrook (GK, GD).

The midcourt will be led by league-legend Alicia Cassidy, with Ella Tranter by her side.

Goals will again be held up by Jordan Macilwain and Keely Hare, both fresh off of a strong summer basketball season with the Maryborough Blazers.

Symes said for a lot of the team’s younger members, last year was their first taste of A grade netball and expects now they will be more confident with a years experience to draw on.

“Bella is our youngest and she really proved herself last year. Ella, Keely and Maggie are also quite young,” she said.

As for this weekend’s season opener against South Bendigo, Symes said she is focussed less on the opposition and more on how the Pies work together on court.

“I think it’ll be tougher than last year, I’ve heard South Bendigo has recruited well for their A grade,” she said.

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