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Cutters looking up

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March 27, 2017

Leanne Smith made her 250th appearance for Mathoura Netball in a C grade clash against Yarroweyah.

Mathoura's A grade netball team finished the 2016 season with just the one win and one draw.

But that one draw against Picola United was enough to save them from the wooden spoon (Yarroweyah taking the ‘honours’) and there’s no doubt the side will be looking for improvement this year.

Kat Wipple has taken on the role as A grade coach in 2017 and hoped to add some wins to the board.

‘‘As coach I hope to bring unity and consistency to the playing group,’’ Wipple said.

‘‘My focus is on giving our the juniors experience of playing up with the seniors and setting Mathoura up for the next few years to win a flag.’’

She said pre-season had gone extremely well.

‘‘We have done a lot of work on fitness and everyone in attendance has put in 110 per cent,’’ she said.

‘‘We have a few returning players from last year and a few girls who have taken a few years off are also back at the club.’’

Two junior players had stepped up to A grade, having played some senior games previously, and Wipple hoped to bleed a few more juniors through the ranks in 2017.

‘‘We are still working on a few new recruits that will hopefully jump on board in the next few weeks,’’ she said.

‘‘Our main aim for A grade this year is to train and play hard as a team and enjoy playing the game together.

‘‘We had an interrupted season last year with players in and out of the side for varying reasons, so the team never really settled.

‘‘Hopefully we’ll have the teams locked in very early this year.’’

—Jess Gledhill

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