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AFTER a successful 2010 netball campaign, Thurgoona Football Netball Club has announced its new coaches for the upcoming 2011 netball season.

Four coaches have been reinstated from last season with two new coaches coming on board.

Those retained are Candy Rule (under 11s), Samantha Benstead (under 15s), Zanelle Gereke (under 18s) and Kylee Imlach who will step up to the A grade.

Kelsey Shaw will be taking the under 13 duties while Amanda Eyers takes the reins in the B grade.

Vice president of Thurgoona netball, Jo Gray said the committee was looking forward to another exciting year of netball with the coaching positions finalised.

“We’ve retained a large number of the players and have a large number of strong junior players,” she said.

“We’re hoping to have another really successful year.”

With the success last year of the 18s and their grand final victory Thurgoona have found themselves in a unique position where they had retained more players than they had positions for, with the players in under 18s still eligible to play this season.

“None of the players actually have to go up,” Ms Gray said.

“We have five girls coming up from under 15s so we have 17 girls before we even try out.

“From the senior side we’ve probably lost maybe seven girls so we’re having joint tryouts for under 18s, B and A to try to slot everybody into a side.”

She felt certain players from the under 18 side would have the ability to advance their netball by stepping up to the senior side.

Ms Gray said the club also hoped to field an open C grade side to allow more players to participate  but certain hurdles made the proposition tough to achieve.

“Other clubs have shown an interest in fielding an open C side,” she said.

“But it’s about capacity. It can really only run at clubs that have two courts so I think it will be something we can trial this year with the hopes that more clubs can come on board next year.”

The new courts at Thurgoona certainly lend themselves to such a competition.

But many clubs in the league don’t have the quality of facilities now enjoyed by the Thurgoona players.

However the interest is there and according to Ms Gray every other club in the league had shown interest in the concept.

“Without that second court you can’t really hold the game because it makes the day run too late into the football,” Ms Gray said.

“What Thurgoona is aiming to do is after tryouts and we look at our numbers we would like to put it to the league that when there’s a home game in Thurgoona we will field an open C side if the other clubs are interested.

“We can run a friendly match to get the girls out there to have a run anyway.”

She added that anyone interested in netball at Thurgoona was quite welcome to head along to tryouts and have a look at what the club has to offer.

Further details can be found on the club’s website.

By TREVOR JACKSON

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