Always the bridesmaid, but never the bride is a saying that rings true for two-time premiership runners up Carisbrook, but newly appointed senior coach Vicky Tierney is determined to change that in 2020.
Taking over from former A grade coach Emma Rumpff, Tierney will head the club’s A, B and C grade netball teams for the upcoming season in her return to the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League (MCDFNL).
A former coach at both Dunolly and Lexton, Tierney has more recently coached in the Loddon Valley League and said she is “excited” to get stuck in at Carisbrook.
“I’m sure it’s changed a bit since I was last there so I don’t know what to expect really,” she said.
“I’ve been coaching in the Loddon Valley, I have been working more with juniors recently and I wanted to get stuck into seniors.
“It’s exciting to be at a new club and I’m sure it will be a good year.”
The Redbacks made finals in all three senior netball grades last season, with their A grade squad making it the furthest by fronting up unsuccessfully against Avoca in the grand final.
After losing the 2018 premiership in overtime to Trentham the year before, Carisbrook was crushed even further in 2019 with a second grand final loss this time to the Dogs.
Tierney said the upside to making a grand final, even without a win, means there can’t be “too much going wrong” out at Carisbrook and hopes a few small changes will help the side go all the way this September.
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