Moama is on the up and up

March 28, 2017

Moama goal defence Georgina Crowe gets to the ball before Tongala's Tracey Hughes and Paige Wade.

MOAMA’S A grade netball team have a lot to be proud of from the previous season.

They finished in the top six despite a relatively young side and were able to win enough games earlier in the season to make up for a tough draw in the second half.

Moama struggled against the likes of Echuca United, Rumbalara, Deniliquin and Tongala who had experience on their sides, however a year is a long time in netball.

The young line-up has all had their taste of finals and will be more prepared come 2017.

Moama has welcomed a new coach this season with Goulburn Valley League player Charlotte Long making the move across to Murray.

The guidance she will bring on and off the court is something that netball coordinator Lester Gilmore was excited to see unfold.

‘‘The team took some big steps the previous season to make it into finals,’’ Gilmore said.

‘‘Charlotte has coached a lot of juniors at Echuca and is an extremely talented player with a lot of representative and senior netball under her belt.

‘‘There were a few new girls coming along to pre-season trainings that will bring a bit of depth and experience to our A grade team this season.’’

It will be Long’s first senior coaching role, but she will have the experience of B grade coach Rowan Starkey and C grade coach Bronte Cope throughout the year.

Cope coached C reserve into the finals in 2016 and brings a lot of experience to the coaching team.

Moama enjoyed strong hit outs against Northcote Park and North Bendigo to put them in good stead when the season starts April 8.

Teams meet Rumbalara for the first round but Gilmore said Echuca United were still the bench mark team.

‘‘In our first five games we’ll be up against five strong teams, including United and Rumbalara who were last season’s grand finalists,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll have a good indication of how we’re going after that.’’

—Jess Gledhill

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