After five years of making the top four but never the big dance, Harcourt’s newly appointed senior netball coach Lauren Peeler is determined to give the Lions their day in the sun.
Peeler has first hand experience to this runners up phenomenon as one of the players who endured Harcourt’s grueling one-goal loss to Carisbrook during last year ’s preliminary final.
Harcourt has made finals consistently since 2013 and has finished in A grade’s top four since 2015 and Peeler said it’s about time the Lions were awarded with a grand final appearance.
“I definitely don’t think it’s too big of an aspiration to want to have a grand final appearance in A grade,” she said.
“Avoca will be the ones to beat for sure, but it would be nice to finally get to have a crack after coming so close for all these years.
“I think for Harcourt they’ve always made that top four bracket but never been able to push through. There are girls who have been here fighting for it for their whole netball career and I think they really deserve it.
“I only jumped on the court for one quarter in our preliminary final. I thought the girls would’ve been devastated, but we caught up afterwards and everyone was actually happy with the game when we reflected on it. To come that close to Carisbrook I think we all got a bit of belief in ourselves for this season that we could actually do it.”
Peeler takes over the top job at the den from club president Kathy Teasdale who has headed the Lions for almost a decade.
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