ECHUCA United Netball Club has had a shake-up for the 2017 season with a new team, and coach, leading the group.
The club enjoyed back-to-back premierships in 2015 and 2016 with a relatively unchanged line-up on and off the court.
However, that’s all about to change this season with defender Elle Molluso (Florance) taking on the role of senior coach for 2017 with the assistance of former head coach Grant Matthews.
Junior development will be a real strength for the club as showcased by its long list of players stepping up from under 17s to A grade this season.
Tanner Edwards, Kelly Gould, Lyndall Taylor, Remy Day and Jess Davison have all stepped up to the A/B squad and shown plenty of promise in practice matches against Kyabram and Shepparton East.
‘‘We’ve had a lot of junior involvement so far which has been great,’’ Molluso said.
‘‘Our junior development has gone from strength to strength in past seasons and that’s something we will be trying to build on this year.’’
The club has also welcomed Moama goaler Gracie Berryman to its line-up with Lisa Drysdale moving to Echuca this season.
A third consecutive title may be out of reach for the Eagles with Molluso saying she had no expectations of how far United would go this year.
However, finals was always a goal for the premiership player.
‘‘We want to again be competitive this year,’’ she said.
‘‘We’ve had really strong numbers at pre-season trainings which will hopefully continue during the season.’’